Written by Sommelier Klaire McCallum for November Pasta + Wine Club
Bodegas Frontonio is the passion project of Master of Wine, Fernando Mora, oenologist Mario Lopez, and lawyer Francisco Latasa. The three friends named their company after Saint Frontonio. It is said that after being beheaded by the Romans, Saint Frontonio's head was found upstream from where it was thrown in the Ebro River; going against the current is at the heart of Bodegas Frontonio's mission. From vineyard to winery, the team makes no fuss wines from organically farmed vineyards. They believe that the less they manipulate the wines, the better the results.
Located in Valdejalón in Aragón, a little known wine region in North East Spain, Mora and his team farm old bush vines in the heartland of Garnacha country. The high elevation clay-limestone soils promote freshness in the wine. Garnacha, otherwise known as Grenache, is one of Spain's most important grapes. This wine has fresh, vibrant fruitiness with flavours of pomegranate, cherries and blackberries. It has a subtle note of black pepper and clove. This wine's lush texture and fruity flavours pair perfectly with the rich, sweet-savoury sauce. With no harsh edges and silky texture, Bodegas Frontonio Botijo Rojo, like this month's pasta, is pure comfort in the glass.