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.
The village red from El Real De San Vicente 2019 Las Uvas de la Ira was already bottled by the time I tasted it in November 2020. This comes from the same five vineyards that range from 40 to 65 years of age and are planted at around 750 meters in altitude on sandy granite soils with lots of silt. The whole clusters fermented separately with indigenous yeasts?one-third with a soft and long maceration (for backbone and length) one-third with a short maceration (for fragrance) and one-third with only half of the skins (or double the juice) for juiciness?and the wines the matured for 10 months in oak vats varying in size from 1500 to 4000 liters. These grapes were picked before the rain and the grapes were not as small as in other villages so the wine is not as concentrated and tannic as others. There is a high-pitched herbal note here that I'd associate with cooler years; the wine is stony and austere with a notable absence of heat. This is remarkably fresh and balanced. A triumph over the conditions of the year. 10649 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2020.