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It’s a quirky little DO to outsiders, but to the Spanish, Somontano represents modernity and hipness. Locked into the foothills of the Pyrenees, there are steep valleys, outcrops of limestone, deposits of stony clay, sand, and more limestone. The vineyards are watered by the Vero and Cinca Rivers (the Cinca is a tributary of the Ebro), and above it all looms the almost continuously snow–capped mountains. Therein lies the name—Somontano: “under the mountains.”

As favored by nature as the vineyards might be, the DO’s remarkable rise is still a bit of a surprise. But in the 1980s, a triad of local powers, private investors, and banking entities decided to promote Somontano’s decidedly international style wines (or at least grapes), and their timing was ideal. French varieties were not new here (the French family Lalanne planted them at the beginning of the twentieth century), but that business eventually disappeared into the economic morass of Spain’s worst century. So Cabernet, Merlot, and others are not new to the region’s vitivinicultors and they seem to have a deft hand in blending these and other grapes with Spanish grapes. There are also two interesting indigenous varieties that do well: Parraleta (usually soft and spicy) and the even more promising light, fruity and tangy Moristel.

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  • Laus Tinto Joven

    Laus Tinto Joven

    Laus Tinto joven is a young red wine, using the merlot and syrah grapes, and produced by Bodegas Laus from the region of Somontano.


    Colour: Red wine of intense cherry red colour, with blue edges that mark its youth.

    Nose: Fresh and fruity. They emphasise generous aromas of red fruits, with a touch of wild berries.

    Taste: In the mouth it highlights its soft and silky attack. Very nice and sweet tooth.

  • Laus Tinto Barrica

    Laus Tinto Barrica

    Laus Tinto Barrica, is an aged red wine from Bodegas Laus in the region of Somontano, using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah and rested in mixed oak barrels (staves of American oak and French oak bottoms) for five months.


    Colour: Red wine of intense cherry red colour, with purple and red nuances that mark its youth.

    Nose: Full and intense nose. Highlights aromas of red fruits with a touch of nuts (hazelnuts, roasted almonds), smoked, toffee and spices.

    Taste: In the mouth it highlights its soft and fruity attack. Wide and sweet step in the mouth, where we find toast, spices, cloves and a sweet and soft tannin that leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

  • Laus Reserva 2017

    Laus Reserva 2017

    Bodegas Laus is the maker of this Laus Reserva 2017 , a red wine from Somontano with a blend based on Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.


    Colour: Laus Reserva is deep cherry colour with light trim in shades of orange with slight changes, middle layer. Clean and bright. It keeps its colour.

    Nose: Wood present and integrated. Notes alcohol are not unpleasant. Aromas of Mediterranean forest, balsamic and mint. Spicy Soft

    Taste: Intense. Envelope and meaty. Salivary makes good acidity. A serious wine and aplomb. Slight astringency.