Ameztoi Txakolina Rosé Rubentis 2015
I first had a previous vintage of Ameztoi Txakolina Rosé Rubentis five years ago. I have always been a fan of dry rosés, and enjoy being a vocal advocate for the style. What intrigued me about it then, was that it was from a region I was not familiar with and made from grapes I had never heard of before. This is a great wine-nerd, “impress your wine friends” kind of wine, and depending on the crowd you run with, you are probably the only one who will show up at a gathering with a Txakolina.
This winery is in Getariako Txakolina D.O., located the Basque region of Spain overlooking the Bay of Biscay. This is in far northern Spain not far from the border of France. The maritime climate there protects the vines from extreme temperatures. The vineyard sits on the water, providing moderating breezes and absolutely stunning views. The wines are made by fourth and fifth generation winemakers, and the vines are a minimum of 80 years old.
This is a blended rosé, so the red and white wines are fermented separately and then blended prior to bottling. The varietals in the blend are 50% Hondarrabi Zuri (white wine grape) and 50% Hondarrabi Beltza (red wine grape). The grapes are harvested at the optimal balance of acid and sugar. This along with the salty ocean breezes give the wine it’s unique flavor. The wine is fermented in barrels for 12-18 days, the moved to stainless steel tanks.
In the glass, the color is a clear, medium pink, with a slight effervescence upon opening. It shows aromas of roses, orange peel, and slate. It is dry, with flavors of fresh, slightly under-ripe strawberries and orange essence, bright acidity, a slight fizziness on the tongue, and a medium finish.
This wine pairs well with seafood dishes such as shellfish, scallops and oysters, sushi pork and poultry. Serve this wine well chilled, and pour into the glass from 6-9 inches above the glass to release more effervescence and enhance the aroma.
I found this wine at Whole Foods for $19.99.
You can find more information on the winery here: www.txakoliameztoi.com