Viticola Mentridana Cantos del Diablo 2020


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“The grapes for the 2020 Cantos del Diablo were picked a little earlier to avoid the rains, and the wine has a paler color than the 2021 I tasted next to it. It feels a little more reductive, and despite having very similar analytics, this is more about the palate with depth and length, while the 2021 is more aromatic and ethereal. This was vinified by Landi and is more in the Comando G style; the 2021 was vinified by Bareño, and the wine is more Fedellos. Different styles but similar (high) quality levels. 1,680 bottles and 40 magnums were filled in Mach 2022. Drinking window: 2023-2030. 95+ points

The new kid on the block is Vitícola Mentridana, a family and friends project from Dani Landi (Comando G) and Curro Bareño (Ca’ di Mat and Fedellos) with family vineyards and some of the brands that used to belong to Landi. The first vintage is 2021, but the 2020s are already labeled and sold through this new project. In total, they have 15 hectares in Méntrida and Real de San Vicente, some owned, some rented, but all are worked by them organically (and in due time they should get the certification). Production is around 40,000 bottles. It’s a great new addition to Gredos.”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (05/23)