COMANDO G VITICULTORES is a partnership between oenologist Fernando García Alonso and Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi (Daniel Landi for short) in the Sierra de Gredos in Castilla y Leon in their native Spain. 2008 was their first vintage. Another fellow winemaking student, Marc Isart, was also involved but family and work commitments saw him leave the project.
BACKGROUND / Daniel and Fernando met in 2004 when they studied viticulture together at Madrid’s Polytechnic University. Daniel was already involved in his family’s winery, Jiménez-Landi in the Méntrida DO. In 2011 Daniel left the family winery to focus on both his own personal project Daniel Landi Viticultor, and on Comando G. Fernando worked in Madrid as a sommelier for a year after having graduated, then did two harvests for Compania de Telmo Rodriguez as an oenologist. In 2008 he became winemaker at Bodegas Marañones. In 2008 Daniel and Fernando started Comando G Viticultores, initially as a side-project from Jiménez-Landi and Marañones. The idea was to focus on old vine Garnacha (Grenache) vines, hence the ‘G’ in Comando G, with a focus on the isolated and higher altitude Sierra de Gredos region, between the provinces of Madrid and Ávila. From 2011 the project became more serious and Comando G became a full time activity for both partners.
THE NAME / Comando G was a 1980s Japanese Cartoon series (screened on Spanish TV) whose lead characters were children who gained super hero powers and fought evil. The English title was ‘Battle of the Planets.’
ESTATE VINEYARDS / 2016 20 hectares (49.4 acres) of estate vines in Cadalso de los Vidrios and Rozas de Puerto Real. They also buy in grapes. The vineyards are on granitic soil and at high altitudes (see below).
POLYCULTURE / Work with animals, Plant-based teas, (yarrow, chamomile, nettle).
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION / 2017 No.
EL TAMBORIL / From 0.2 hectares of Grenache Blanc (Garnacha Blanca) and Grenache Gris (Garnacha Gris) on sandy quartz and granite at 1,230 metres (4,035 feet) in Navatalgordo in the Alto Alberche valley in the provice of Avila (Castilla y Leon).
LA BRUJA AVERIA / From vines in Las Rozas de Puerto Real.
LA BRUJA DE ROZAS / From vineyards around Las Rozas de Puerto Real. / 2014 100% Grenache Noir. 850-900 metres (2,788-2,952 feet). Sandy granite. Gredos mountains. Nice sweet fruit at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
LAS ROZAS 1ER CRU / 2014 100% Grenache Noir. 950 metres (3,117 feet). Limestone. Nice freshness at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
LAS UMBRIAS From 0.5 hectares. Clay, sandy granite. 1,000 metres (3,281 feet) on the top of Roe Deer Mountain. / 2008 This was the first wine made by Comando G.
MATABORRICOS TINTO / Garnacha Tinto with a little Carinena (Carignan).
RUMBO AL NORTE / From Navarrevisca in the Alto Alberche valley in the province of Avila (Castilla y Leon). Quartz-rich soil. 0.5 hectares. North-east facing. 1,150 metres (3,773 feet).
TUMBA DEL REY MORO / Pre-phylloxera vineyard in Villanueva de Avila in the Alto Alberche valley in the province of Avila (Castilla y Leon). Natural terraces. Isolated. Very granitic, pink in colour. Old vines mixed with trees. 1,100 metres (3,608 feet).
Comando G Viticultores, Avenida Constitución 23, E-28640 Cadalso de los Vidrios, Spain / www.comandog.es