4 Monos Viticultores - GR-10 Tinto 2020
4 Monos (4 Monkeys) is a team of four friends native to the Sierra de Gredos, a mountain range just west of Madrid. The four met while hiking in the mountains and discovered that they each had a passion for wine. The group, whose first vintage as a team was in 2009, consists of winemaker Javier Garcia (also the head winemaker at Méntrida icon Bodegas Jiménez-Landi), co-winemaker Laura Robles, wine-lover David Velasco and vineyard-holder David Moreno. Their 4 hectares of vineyards are planted to old bush vines located between 750-960 meters elevation on granite soils. All farming is organic and winemaking is done with minimal intervention: whole-cluster fermentation, minimal extraction and aging in big oak barrels and foudres to impart freshness to the wines.
The GR-10 is a blend of Garnacha, Cariñena, Morenillo and Syrah. The wine is named after the spectacular walking trail, GR-10, which connects Lisbon and Valencia and crosses through a few of 4 Monos' vineyards. It pours a pale mid-ruby color with garnet highlights. The GR-10 is elegant on the nose, featuring aromas of ripe red berry and stone fruits complimented by spice and a lovely floral note. The palate is fresh, lively and juicy with soft, fine-grained tannins that perfectly frame the sweet fruit and floral flavors that lead into a refined and savory finish. A mineral spine runs through the wine, adding complexity and depth. Enjoy with dry-rub pork chops, assorted cured meats or a good book.