4 Monos Viticultores, Tinto, Vinos de Madrid, Spain 2016$ 34.00
Sierra de Gredos is a mountain range that spreads over parts of three appellations: Méntrida, Vinos de Madrid, and Castilla y León. A gang of four friends met hiking in the Gredos, and it’s this magnificent terroir that the 4 Monos seek to articulate. They do so effortlessly, with honest farming and transparent wines that evoke the old bush vines planted high above the sea. They grow from sand, granite, and schist, alongside olive trees, almond trees, chestnut trees, chamomile, evergreens, and wildflowers. The sweet brush scents and wild diversity of the region echo through this crystalline red. Like the region itself, this wine’s a near-spirtual intersection of the Mediterranean and the Alpine: Magical, beautiful, lively, and fresh. It’s pure and delicious, summer in bottle...enjoy it slightly chilled.