Paso-Primero: good affordable wines from Somontano, Spain

Paso-Primero is a Somantano wine company run by Thomas and Emma Holt. They hail from Shropshire (England) and previously made wine in Niagara, Canada, but they found that the winters there were just a bit too harsh for them. So they relocated to Spain, to the Somontano region in the foothills of the Pyrenees. As well as some well-priced and tasty wines, they also make a Vermouth.

Paso-Primero Blanco 2017 Somontano, Spain
Chardonnay (31%), Riesling (32%) and Gewurztraminer (37%). 14% alcohol. This is plump and generous with sweet grape, lychee, melon and pineapple flavours. A very pretty, textured wine in which the spicy, broad Gewurztraminer makes its presence most felt. Very attractive and full. 89/100 (£8.50 Tanners)

Paso-Primero Tinto 2016 Somontano, Spain
14% alcohol. Merlot (79%) with Tempranillo (12%) and Cabernet Sauvingon (9%). Berryish, bright and juicy with lovely brisk cherry and berry fruits. Some blackcurrant notes and a twist of spice. Fruit forward and focused with a cedary twist adding savouriness. 87/100 (£8.50 Tanners)

Paso-Prima 2016 Somontano, Spain
14% alcohol. This is a varietal Chardonnay made in a combination of stainless steel, concrete and a single oak barrel. This is fruit driven and full flavoured with rounded pear, spice and pineapple, with subtle traces of nuttiness. The fruit is expansive and really nicely balanced. Smooth and mouthfilling. 90/100 (£11.95 Tanners)

Paso-Verme Vermouth, Spain
15% alcohol. Red-tinged deep brown in colour, this is highly aromatic, with notes of tar, medicine, mint, sweet cherries and herbs. In the mouth it is warm, sweet, complex and spicy with nice richness and harmony.

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