2018 A Pie de Tierra 'A Dos Manos' Garnacha
100% Garnacha from 30-40 year vines in Méntrida (Toledo). Manual harvest (2nd week of September) in traditional buckets to better isolate the temperature and preserve the freshness of the morning. Spontaneous, 60% whole cluster, fermentation and 20-day maceration. Malolactic and aging in neutral French oak barrels of 225 liters and stainless for 6 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in July 2020. 625 cases made.
92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "I tasted the bottled version of the 2018 A Dos Manos, the Garnacha from Méntrida on degraded granite soils, and it delivered what the unbottled sample promised last year. It's a ripe Garnacha at 14.5% alcohol, with fully developed flavors and aromas, red berry fruit, herbs and aromatic spices. It's elegant, medium-bodied and almost ethereal with aerial tannins and inner energy. It's not really from Gredos but has more Gredos character than many... 5,000 bottles were filled in July 2020."
A Pie de Tierra was formed in 2015 when Aitor Paul, sommelier at Lavinia in Madrid, and David Villamiel finished their training period at the Viticulture and Enology Professional School of Madrid and their stages at Bodegas Valquejigoso and Comando G, respectively. Work started with the family land that David has, which consists of 20 hectares distributed across Méntrida, and supplemented with 4-5 hectares located within the same riverbed but belonging to the neighboring municipality of Aldea del Fresno, Madrid