2019 Bodega Gaintza (750ml)

Hondarrabi Zuri from Getariako Txakolina, Spain


Their flagship and eponymous white 2019 Txakolina is the classical tapas (locally known a pintxos) Txakoli, fresh and with a slight spritz that provides even more freshness. It's produced with 85% Hondarribi Zuri and 15% Gros Manseng grapes from limestone and clay soils with a granite mother rock, and it has 11.6% alcohol and a touch of sugar to compensate the acidity. It's fermented with care to preserve some of the carbonic gas dissolved in the wine and was kept with the lees for five to 10 months, depending on the lot. In a healthy year like 2019, they didn't need to add any yeast for the fermentation. It has textbook herbal, citrus and green apple aromas. If I had to show someone what a textbook traditional Txakoli is like, I'd uncork this bottle. It has the austere, sharp and lightly fizzy style with citrus and green apple notes and a dry, tickling palate with an almost salty sensation in the finish. It's light and mellow, perhaps I'd like it a bit more with a touch less sugar. 100,000 bottles produced in nine slightly different lots; the big customers select which tank they prefer instead of blending them all.

90+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Aug 2020)

7 bottles in stock. Ships in 1 to 2 business days.

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