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The Sumoll Grape

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About Sumoll

(Synonyms: Sumoi, Chimoi, Saumoll, Somoi, Sumoy, Ximoll, Somoll, Ximoy, And Xemoll.)


Map showing the Penedès region of Spain

Sumoll is a red-wine grape originating in the Penedès region in Catalonia in northeast Spain. It was long seen as a no-’count grape: difficult to grow and, supposedly, making wine unfit for anything but padding out blends.

But, as has happened in recent times with many obscure and nearly extinct grapes, someone decided it had untapped potential and started a revival, which continues to grow today. In this case, it was Heretat MontRubí, a small Penedès winery less than four decades old.

Sumoll wines seem—we say that because so few are being made yet—to have a distinctive nature. They are relatively pale, yet aromatic. They are high in acids, which imparts a sensation of “freshness”, and have full tannins and complex dark floral/herbal qualities, with plum and licorice being mentioned. It might not be too extreme to say that they bear some resemblance to Nebbiolos. They are probably at their best when given some oak exposure to help moderate their acidity.

Factoid: Under the local alias Vijariego Negro it is an authorised variety in a number of the Canary Islands DOPs.

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Some Descriptions of Sumoll Wines

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Some Sumolls to Try

(About this list.)

As a variety not well known in the U.S., Sumoll has very few representatives on the market here (and several of those are rosés). In the end, we could only find one decent specimen that is in our price range (at least partially) and has some degree of availability.

(At least one of Heretat MontRubí’s Gaintus-line bottlings—the “Radical”—is out there, but we felt it too scarce to list; but if you ever see any monovarietal Sumoll, grab it.)

Pardas “Sus Scrofa” Sumoll
(100% Sumoll)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Reviews” page.
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• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher.
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks.

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Sumoll wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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