Unlike many new wineries in other parts of Spain, Enate was not able to buy up existing vineyards.
Although there are a few local varieties with promise (favoured by the local Regulatory Council), Enate decided to create what Herve Malnati, their export manager describes as "A New World set up in Europe".
But it's thoroughly in keeping with the innovative approach of Enate that they should appoint a Frenchman to such a senior position and, in Jesus Artajona, to also have a winemaker who, in another French link, learnt his trade at Bordeaux's celebrated Chateau Margaux.
Herve told me that Enate have continued to experiment with new grape varieties and are particularly excited by the results they've achieved with Syrah and Gewurztraminer, but the wines he brought were examples of the success of their initial choices.
Somontana, Great Grog (0131-444 2332), pounds 6.
Tinto Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 1997 pounds 5.
He suggested that Enate
and Capcannes are exceptional values for about $10-11.
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