Warm, rich stuff with an easygoing medium weight allied perfectly with lightly-spiced red and black fruits, toast and fruitcake. Soft and very approachable.
Great with Spanish-style griddled steak with paprika, chillies and peppers.
The grapes (40% Cabernet, 40% Merlot, 20% Tempranillo) here come from Sommos' highly-regarded Finca Torresales, Montesa and Monesma vineyards. Maturation is four months in French wood, third fill, meaning the barrels have been used to age wine twice before, and so impart only a modest oaky flavour.
Sommos is among Spain's most modern bodegas, from its futuristic main building, which features interlaced cubes, to its 27-metre high winery, which was designed to use just gravity to move wine around, thereby avoiding the damage that traditional pumps cause. Sommos even uses the intelligent Cartesian porta ovis robot ("Explorer Robot") to carry out basic tasks such as filling/emptying barrels, stacking pallets etc! Grapes are harvested during the cool of the night to maximise the wines' fruitiness.
The northern Spanish region of Somontano ("under the mountain") nestles in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Unlike much of the country's interior, it is lush and green due to an abundance of rivers and creeks. Diverse in terms of grapes, eight red and seven white varieties are allowed in Somontano - including native Moristel, Parraleta and Macabeo/Viura (known here as Alcañón), plus international grapes Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay.