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4 Monos, 'Cien Lanzas' Cenicientos 2018
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4 Monos, 'Cien Lanzas' Cenicientos 2018

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4 Monos (4 Monkeys) is a team of four friends and lovers of wine native to this region. As is typical of The New Spain, this “gang of four” assembled in a less conventional manner: they met while hiking in the Gredos mountains, one of the most profound wine terroirs to emerge in recent years.
 
Located 80km west of Madrid, the Sierra de Gredos is a mountain range that spreads over parts of three appellations – Méntrida, Vinos de Madrid, and Castilla y León – and sits between 600 and 1200 meters in elevation. Old bush vines planted on sand, granite, and schist intermingle with sweet-scented olive, evergreen, almond, and chestnut trees, scrub brush, chamomile, and wildflowers. This is a landscape that feels like a holy collision between the Mediterranean and the Alpine, and the region is often deemed magical for its beauty and immense diversity.

Cien Lanzas Cenicientos is a single-village red comprised of old vine Garnacha, with a small addition of Cariñena and Garnacha Blanca, planted on sandy soils with gneiss and pink granite in the village of the same name. The grapes are hand-harvested, whole-cluster cold macerated, wild yeast fermented with 100% whole clusters and 40 days maceration, then raised in 300 and 500 liter used barrels for 12 months.

Country
Spain
Sub-Region
Sierra de Gredos
Region
Vinos de Madrid
Varieties
Garnacha, Cariñena, Garnacha Blanca
Farming
Practicing organic
Soil
Sand, white, pink and grey granite
Winemaking
Whole cluster fermentation. The wine then was raised in 500L French & Austrian oak barrels and 5000l French oak foudre for 13-14 months.