The Denominacion de Origen (DO) of Somontano is located in the ancient Aragonés kingdom of Sobrarbe in the province of Huesca. However, be forewarned, if you and any ten unrelated people you know have even the slightest clue where that is, you and your entire cohort had better be working for National Geographic or else we're calling Immigration! …. To keep the record straight, Somontano is an isolated, well-defined viticultural region in a protected amphitheater at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains in northern Spain. Somontano is nestled just high enough in the mountains to escape the dust and the Mediterranean heat of the Ebro River Valley below. This is the country, the real Spain, or at least a part of traditional Spain that visitors rarely see - not the overcrowded tourist towns of legend and lore. It has been said that the true expression of Bodega Pirineos is "tradition with modernity," but that label smacks of contradiction rather than integration and individuality for which Pirineos and its wines are most renowned. The families of Somontano have worked the region's vineyards for centuries; yet, it was not until 1964 that the relatively small number of Somontano growers banded together for a common cause and formed a cooperative, which was privatized in 1983 as Bodega Pirineos. Today, Bodegas Pirineos consists of nearly 2,500 acres, a portion of which is devoted to Moristel, an ancient, indigenous mountain grape varietal that grows only in small, scattered plots throughout the Pyrenees. Bodegas Pirineos controls over 90% of the extant old Moristel vines in the world, making this winery the guardian of tradition and the douane of Spain's rich viticultural heritage. And although Bodegas Pirineos fashions several other top quality wines, Pireneos's main focus is the preservation of Moristel, an endangered viticultural jewel. By constant experimentation and the utilization of modern equipment and the most advanced technical knowledge, this winery preserves the past for all to enjoy. Complementing the delicious Moristel at Pirineos are several other traditional red wines, including Montesierra Tinto and Senorio de Lazan Reserva. Each is a blend; both wines incorporate Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, two more familiar indigenous varietals, along with Morsitel. Lastly, an internationally styled wine called Marboré is expertly crafted from the three varietals; it is produced in very limited quantities from the strictest sort selection, and it is aimed at the growing export market as it is perhaps the bodega's most internationally styled wine. The high mountain vineyards of Bodega Pirineos are all situated at well over 1000 feet above sea level. All are dry farmed, and they come from well-drained plots that receive most of their moisture from pure glacial runoff during the summer months. In addition, the bodega practices what it preaches when it comes to élèvage and barrel aging by using a combination of new American and French oak barriques in tandem. In the case of the Pirineos Moristel, the wine spends up to a year in new oak barrels.