Rozas 1er 2020 95WAComando GSierra de Gredos, Spain$74.99 net LIMITEDThe Premier Cru
As the name implies, the wine is more serious with more layers of complexity, structure and more minerality. Of all of the Comando G wines, this is the one I buy the most of.95 points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
There's one vineyard in the 2020 Rozas 1er Cru that does not make it to the final blend in warmer years (2019, 2017, 2022) but does in cooler ones (2021, 2020), so there's a little bit more wine of this vineyard blend from the village of Rozas de Puerto Real that follows the work in previous years. Due to COVID-19, there were no events or travels, so they focused on their vineyard work like never before in their lives, and this wine combines the floral character (rose petals) with the austerity of the granite. It's a little more generous than in 2018 and 2016 due to the last few days before the harvest when the weather got very warm. The texture shows the silt and iron from Rozas, which makes it tight. 13,186 bottles and 150 magnums produced. It was bottled in January 2022.
Comando G, what to say about Comando G... They have been downsizing their operation and fine-tuning their wines that are expressive of their sites and their vintages, achieving amazing precision. After years of working with old vines, they started planting vines for the long haul ("We want these new vineyards to last 200 years, not 80 years") and focusing on three locations: Navatalgordo, Villanueva de Ávila and Rozas de Puerto Real. Today, there are some 70,000-80,000 bottles in total, but from 2023 onward, there will be no more than 50,000. These are highly sought-after wines that deliver world-class Garnacha. Unfortunately, the prices are escalating.