Bodegas Alconde, founded in 1356 in Navarra, is an independent state in northern Spain bordering on the Pyrenees. The name means "magic" in Latin. Navarra is a rather isolated area, but its position is perfect for grapes. The Pyrenees keep the cold winds from the north at bay and the Atlantic coast mediates the temperature, resulting in surprisingly dry conditions. In other words, perfect for winemaking.
Alconde is one of the original producers in Navarra and has spurred the growth of other vineyards in the area. In 1956, they formed a co-op with the other growers to pool their vineyards and resources in order to compete on the world wine stage. They now control over 1,200 acres of grapes, producing some of the finest wines in Spain.
The principle grapes grown here are Tempranillo and Garnacha, which dominate the plantings. However, being close to France, they are also influenced by French grapes as well. That is due to the fact that when the French were trying to escape the scourge of a plant louse that was destroying their vineyards in the late 19th Century, they went to Spain and planted grapes, but unfortunately the louse followed and eventually did the same to Spain.
Our selection is the uncommon blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It tastes more like Bordeaux than anything from Spain. Bold expressions of black fruit, earth and saddle leather would enhance the cuisine of the area, like stuffed peppers or lamb sausages.