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Cooperativa del Cadalso Granito del Caldalso 2017

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Winemaker Notes

Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in concrete tanks, 15-20 day maceration, remontage twice daily.

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JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
From a co-op in the Sierra de Gredos and all old-vine Grenache, the 2017 Granito De Cadalso comes from granite soils, was destemmed, and brought up all in concrete tanks. This Pinot Noir-like beauty offers notes of wild strawberries, rose hips, violets, and crushed rocks. Medium-bodied, with remarkable purity and vibrancy, it still has ample power and richness. This is a fabulous expression of Grenache that’s almost too good to be true.
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Cooperativa del Cadalso

Cooperativa del Cadalso

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Cooperativa del Cadalso, Spain
Just down the street from Comando G is the Bodega Cooperativa Cristo del Humilladero. Founded in 1956 by over 400 local families with vineyards in the hills surrounding Cadalso de los Vidrios, it once received over 6 million kilos of grapes from close to 1000 hectares of vineyards. Since its founding however, and as the population of Madrid grew, it became more profitable to uproot old vines of Garnacha and Albillo in favor of new suburban houses and country retreats in the mountains of the Sierra de Gredos. Over 80% of the original vineyards near Cadalso have been lost and more are threatened with continual development. Faced with the loss of additional vineyards and desiring to reverse this trend, the president of the Cooperativa, Ricardo Moreno approached his neighbors, Dani Landi and Fernando Garcia. Equally concerned with the loss of the viticultural heritage of their region, Dani and Fer devised a plan to improve the farming and winemaking at the cooperative so that members could make a living from their vineyards rather than selling their land to real estate developers. Like kids unleashed in a candy store, Dani and Fer had access to a wide range of sites at elevations between 500-1000 meters in elevation and vines from 20-70 years old. Their previous experience in farming small, isolated vineyards with differing expressions and spread through out the Gredos, gave them the confidence and experience to select complimentary sites that when blending together could represent a true village wine from the sandy granitic soils surrounding Cadalso de los Vidrios. The cooperativa itself has only been slightly modernized to allow for temperature control but the original tulip-shaped contrete tanks remain in situ. This is the perfect set up to make transparent wines unmarked by any oak and offered at a reasonable price – all while supporting local growers and preserving the vineyards of the village.
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Sitting just north of La Mancha, Spain’s (and Europe’s, for that matter) largest classified wine region, this region is much smaller than the vast La Mancha. However, Vinos de Madrid DO is a relatively large region in and of itself, with four subregions that start about 9 miles from the city center. Three of the subregions form a semicircle around the southern suburbs, Arganda, Navalcarnero and San Martín, where styles vary from one to another. El Molar, situated directly north of the city, is the newly created 4th subregion.

Since Vinos de Madrid was granted DO status in 1990, it has immersed itself in local wine production. Since then, substantial efforts have been made to raise quality and knowledge of the wines produced here. Millions of tourists who visit Spain’s capital city each year help the wines gain recognition and popularity across the globe. The growing investment through the years has paid off and export markets are increasingly interested in Vinos de Madrid wines.

While Tempranillo is the most planted grape variety in the Arganda subregion in the southeast, Garnacha is the dominant grape in all other subregions, including El Molar in the north, Navalcarnero in the south, and especially San Martín de Valdeiglesias in the west.

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Grenache thrives in any warm, Mediterranean climate where ample sunlight allows its clusters to achieve full phenolic ripeness. While Grenache's birthplace is Spain (there called Garnacha), today it is more recognized as the key player in the red blends of the Southern Rhône, namely Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes du Rhône and its villages. Somm Secret—The Italian island of Sardinia produces bold, rustic, single varietal Grenache (there called Cannonau). California, Washington and Australia have achieved found success with Grenache, both flying solo and in blends.

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