Daniel Landi was born to a long family of grape growers in Mentrida, in the Sierra de Gregos mountains to the west of Madrid. He started to make wine in conjunction with his cousin at Bodegas Jiminez-Landi but he left in 2012 and set out on his own, keeping some of his family vineyards and purchasing other small plots of old vines in the Gregos.
Wines are made from Grenache both from the southern section of the Gregos - around Mentrida itself - and also further north in Avila province - from vineyards totaling about 7 hectares. From the south come two village level wines - San Vicente and Las Uvas de la Ira Garnacha - but also the single vineyard Cantos di Diablo from soils long owned by his family. From Avila comes the Las Iruelas bottling, sourced from a clay and sandy granite parcel of old Grenache in the village of El Tiemblo and El Revention from Grenache planted in the 1950s in, unusually for the region, a slate based soil in Cebreros.
The unifying feature of the sites is their very high altitude and relatively free draining soils, giving wines of quite a pale color and lower levels of alcohol. Wines are fermented whole cluster in French oak vats and aged in foundre and larger sized French oak barrels and clay amphorae.
Dani Landi also runs the “Commando G” enterprise in the Sierra di Gregos, with Fernando Garcia.
Also bottled and ready for tasting the 2017 Las Uvas de la Ira shows the progress that started from 2015 (which I also tasted for reference) a wine from the Real de San Vicente village three from owned vineyards and one purchased. This new vinification is inspired by the reds of Ganevat and Occhipinti with some 35% of the bunches pressed and vinified in white so there are fewer skins and stems in the vat and more liquid and the cap is totally immersed in the wine. Other 30% of the wine was inspired by Charme from Niepoort which sees a very short but extracted vinification and the rest is vinified traditionally. He thought this village needed a twist to gain in freshness and drinkability. It results in a very elegant and fresh wine especially in a warm vintage like this 2017 with an impressive nose open very aromatic and floral with citrus freshness within the style of the vintage. The palate showed very round polished and elegant tannins which makes it very approachable. It really transcends the vintage. I retasted the 2015 an even hotter vintage and none of the three (including 2016) showed any heat. Remarkable. 11500 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2018.