The quality of Spanish wine from such daring combinations as Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, Moristel and Cabernet Sauvignon, Macabeo (Viura) and Chardonnay, or even Macabeo and Alcanon is quite astonishing. Even imported varieties such as Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir seem to make good Spanish wine in Somontano. Not only does Somontano make some fine wines, its landscape is also extremely attractive with plenty of green, countless picturesque villages, historical churches, orchards, and terraced vineyards. These Spanish vineyards are sited on the slopes of small mountains at a height between 984 and 1,968 feet (300 and 600 metres). The soil consists of a mixture of heavy clay and sandstone in the higher vineyards, with alluvial soil in the Ebro valley. The soil is generally rich in minerals and trace elements, which are a blessing for wine-growing. The climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters.
The presence of the Pyrenees, which shelter the vineyards from the cold northerly winds is also pretty advantageous. The native grape varieties of Somontano, the white Alcanon and the blue Moristel (not to be confused with Monastrell) co-exist alongside more Spanish varieties like Viura (Macabeo) and Gamacha. There is a great deal of experimentation though with countless new varieties such as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir for the blue grapes and Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewürztraminer for white Spanish wines. Traditional style white Somontano is made with Viura and Alcanon. This Spanish wine is fresh, light, and dry for drinking when young. The modem- style whites is a carefully blended combination of Viura, Alcanon and Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc, and is much fuller and surprisingly pleasing. There are also several very interesting wines made solely from Riesling or Gewürztraminer. You can drink this Spanish wine at 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C) for the traditional wines and 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) for the modern types.
The rosados from Somontano have a very pleasing taste and also possess both finesse and elegance comparable with the best wines together with the warmth and power of the south. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). The common or garden vinos jovenes tinto or young reds of Somontano are pleasant light wines of Moristel and Garnacha. You can serve this Spanish wine at 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C).
The crianzas, reservas, and gran reservas contain less Moristel and Garnacha, but more Tempranillo and/or Cabernet Sauvignon. The maturation in the barrel imparts this robust Spanish wine with great roundness and balance between alcohol and body. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine 60.8-62.6°F (16-17°C).