2017 Bodegas Pirineos Principio Moristel

Somontano, Spain

One of the only bottlings of a varietal Moristel in the world.



About The Wine

Somontano is a cool northern Spanish region at the base of the Pyrenees.

A collective of over 230 small growers in the region banded together under the banner of Bodega Prineos to preserve the local winemaking custom. 

Moristel is a red skinned grape found only in this small pocket of Spain. As the families have ripped up and replanted more popular varieties over the years, the variety has almost gone extinct. It now makes up less than 2% of all plantings in the Somontano DO.

This may be the only straight varietal bottling of Moristel you will find anywhere in the world. And it's delicious. It's a rich, chocolatey, slippery red that shows plums, dates and soft, silky tannins. It's a great value curio for those looking for one-of-a-kind wines on the fringe.

Snow-covered vines in Somontano
Snow-covered vines in Somontano
Somontano, Spain
Additional Info

From The Producer

Here 'Principio' means 'origin' or 'source', and here, it denotes a return to ones' roots by working with the local cultivar. 5000 bottles are produced from vines around 20yo grown in sandy loam, with sandstone and marl at 400-600m altitude. Rainful is 400m or less.

High diurnal temperature range promotes polyphenol maturity while protecting natural acidity. 4 components commenced fermentation in stainless. Unwooded, unfined, unfiltered, minimal sulphur, 'just the naturally fermented grape, bottled'. This was fermented with natural yeast.

Blend : Moristel (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

The cellars of Bodegas Pirineos
The cellars of Bodegas Pirineos
Somontano, Spain
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

"Smokey-woodsy red fruits, light charred chestnut leaves and fine sour cherry/dried cranberry... you can't help but think of tracking a rabbit with a shotgun in your crook, hunching under encinas, swooshing/crunching through dried grasses, smelling dust and feeling the fresh chill of the Pyrenees creeping in...2017 is less sour than 2016, more generous with a touch of roundness, essentially in the same style, but better. Non-frutale, non-glyceric still, just a bit more-better mouthfeel. Lovely leafy-vegetal-light spice perfume finish has excellent linger." - The Spanish Acquisition


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