2020 Bodegas Pirineos Principio Moristel

Somontano, Spain

One of the only bottlings of a varietal Moristel in the world, a hearty Spanish red.



About The Wine

Moristel is a red skinned grape found only in Somontano, small region in the north 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.

About Bodegas Pirineos

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

A co-op collective of over 230 small growers in the region banded together under the banner of Bodegas Pirineos to preserve the local winemaking custom, Pirineous being the Aragon word for Pyrenees.

The growers of the Bodegas cover 700 odd hectares of vines, with the winery based in the town of Barbastro. Sherry company Barbadillo bought into the company in 2007, giving a capital boost and increasing quality across the board.

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%)
Drink Until : 2028

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

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