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4 Monos Viticultures GR10 Tinto, Madrid, Spain 2018

Regular price $ 21.22

The red 2018 GR-10 Tinto contains a little less Cariñena and Syrah (10% and 20%, respectively) and, therefore, a little more Garnacha than the 2017 I tasted next to it. 2018 is a more complete vintage, with perfect ripening of the grapes, better yields and more balance in the wines. The fermentation and élevage were similar, with native yeasts, 90% full clusters and nine months in different sized barrels and a 4,200-liter oak vat. 2018 is clearly a great vintage, very complete, and the wines have more of everything: They are still young but are going to be superb, and you should wait on them while you drink your 2017s. This is like a more complete version of 2016, perhaps a vintage that is going to require more time. This is drinkable, but it's going to get better in bottle. 30,000 bottles produced. It's ironic how in a great year the grapes are perfect, you work less, you get more wine and the result is better!

Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker