Finca Luzon is one of our favorite bodegas in Jumilla, a wine region that excels in the production of old-vine Monastrell not far from the Mediterranean in the southeast of Spain. Naturally we jumped at the chance to nab their Luzon Verde for our shelves, a spice-scented black-fruited wine crafted with 100% certified organic grapes. The region's poor soils and minimal rain fall provide vines with a natural resistance to pests that aids in organic farming. However, these difficult growing conditions force the vines to work harder for nutrients resulting in low yields and highly concentrated grapes that lend a dark ruby color and rich fruit flavors to the Luzon Verde. Black pepper, ripe plums and smoke aromas round out this wine's full-bodied blackberry and herb flavors — a natural with roasted or grilled mushrooms, meats and sausage, braised short ribs and rich pastas.