Collaborative efforts between friends have been a common thread within the The New Spain wine scene that I've seen blast off over the last few years. In Madrid's Sierra de Gredos mountain range we've focused earlier on the highest-end single vineyard bottlings of Comando-G. Now we turn to a different source - the most crystalline and elegant interpretation of this granite terroir which embody the value play.

Today, I'm happy to offer the 4 Monos Viticultores Tinto "GR10" for $24 per bottle.

The four partners (
Javier Garcia, Laura Robles, David Velasco, David Morenomet while hiking in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range, located 80 km east of Madrid. All had unique backgrounds related to wine, each bringing a different element of expertise to this project founded in 2009. The lineup of wines is terrific, but at $24 per bottle their "GR10" is the perfect model of how delicacy and transparency can be the leading traits of the Spanish red, not just a supporting element.

GR10 is a blend of 85% Garnacha, 10% Cariñena, 3% Morenillo, and 2% Syrah. I'm always inclined to use words like crunchy and snappy to illustrate how the red fruit profile expresses itself here. There is certainly a core of energy, abundance of minerality, but it is these fresh fruit qualities that take me back to tasting grape clusters picked off the vine. This has always been a personal requirement for me falling in love with any wine - a serious connection to the raw material harvested. It's this fundamental, natural component that should echo from a wine when first tasted.

The Four Monkeys, as they call themselves, clearly share this passion for lively and fruit-forward wines. But, it's also their brilliant, non-interventionist approach in the cellar that gives GR10 such sophisticated texture and structure. Totally seamless, full of bright minerality, savory spices, and explosively pure fruit persisting on the long finish.

The Specifics: GR10 is sourced from several granite-dominant vineyards from three villages with vine age ranging from 30-85 years. It sees 100% whole cluster fermentation with native yeasts, 30-40 days on skins starting with a cold soak. Raised for seven months in neutral barrels (300L & 600L) and foudre (4,500L). Then finishes in concrete for two months prior to bottling without fining or filtering.

It's been very exciting over the last three years being introduced to so many new Spanish projects that simply just get it. It the realm of value reds, the 4 Monos Tinto GR10 is the wine that's pulled me in the very most.

2016 4 Monos Tinto "GR10"
$24 per bottle.

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Other noteworthy Spanish discoveries:

Comando-G

2016 Comando G Rozas 1er Cru
$45 per bottle.

2016 Comando G La Bruja de Rozas
$27 per bottle.

2015 Comando G Tumba del Rey Moro
$103 per bottle.

2015 Comando G Rumbo Al Norte
$172 per bottle.

Raul Perez

2016 Raul Perez Ultreia Saint Jacques Bierzo Mencia
$23 per bottle.

2017 Raul Perez Atalier Rias Baixas Albariño
$28 per bottle.

2014 Raul Perez Bierzo Tinto Ultreia
$34 per bottle.

2015 La Vizcaina de Vinos Bierzo Blanco "La Del Vivo" (Raul Perez) 
$38 per bottle.

2011 Raul Perez Tierre de Leon Tinto
$57 per bottle.
(From 1900-planted Prieto Picudo vines. Aged under flor)

2011 Raul Perez Tierre de Leon Albarin Blanco
$57 per bottle.
(Aged under flor)

28x 2015 Raul Perez Bierzo Tinto Ultreia de Valtuille
$72 per botttle.

2016 Raul Perez "Sketch" Rias Baixas Albariño
$129 per bottle.

Alfredo Maestro

2016 Alfredo Maestro El Marciano
$25 per bottle.

2017 Alfredo Maestro Lovamor Albillo
$27 per bottle.

Pardas Cellers

2014 Pardas Pur Xarello
$30 per bottle.

2014 Pardas Collita Roja
$38 per bottle.

Laura Lorenzo (Da Terra Viticultores)

2014 Laura Lorenzo Daterra Erea de Vila Blanco (DaTerra Viticultores)
$48 per bottle.

2015 Laura Lorenzo Azos de Vila Tinto (DaTerra Viticultores)
$39 per bottle.

2016 Laura Lorenzo Azos de Vila Tinto (DaTerra Viticultores)
$39 per bottle.

2015 Laura Lorenzo Gavela de Vila Blanco (DaTerra Viticultores)
$33 per bottle.

2016 Laura Lorenzo Gavela de Vila Blanco (DaTerra Viticultores)
$33 per bottle.

2015 Laura Lorenzo Poretela do Vento (DaTerra Viticultores)
$33 per bottle.

2016 Laura Lorenzo Poretela Do Vento (DaTerra Viticultores)
$33 per bottle.

Rias Baixas Albariño

2015 Pedralonga Albariño
$25 per bottle.

2016 Do Ferreiro Cepas Vellas Rias Baixas Albarino
$56 per bottle.