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.
I had already tasted and published a note for the red 2018 Las Uvas de la Ira but I tasted it again in the context of the rest of the wines from the vintage and also the 2019. As with all the 2018s I had tasted before the additional time in bottle has done it good; the wine has opened up and it's more expressive and nuanced. The palate has also seen its tannins polished the chalky tannins typical from El Real de San Vicente a very serious minerality is now more elegant. 18700 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019.