The province of Somontano in Northern Spain, within the region of Aragon and quite close to the border of France in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, is one of the country’s most international growing regions. The high-elevation, rocky region specializes, of course, Spanish varieties, but also those from their neighbors to the north, like a those grown in Bordeaux, Alsace, and the Rhone. Though the region only became a DOP in the mid-1980s, grapes have been grown in Somontano since the 2nd Century BC when the Romans settled the area.
Farming sustainably, with respect and care for the environment, Bodega Enate manages over 1100 acres of vineyards within Somontano, specializing in this mix of both Spanish and French varieties, including the two that seamlessly blend together in their Enate Crianza ($20), Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet adds depth, weight, and concentration, the Tempranillo lends delicate style and finesse, with both coming together to create a complete, harmonious, luscious wine. Fruit-forward and luscious, the wine opens with layers of dark cherry, red plum, and juicy raspberry, mingling with toasted spice, oak, and hints of dark chocolate. Nicely structured, with balance and texture, keeping you going back for more. Pair with smoked brisket, roasted game, or any kind of hard cheese. #Cheers