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2011 Ameztoi Txakolina Rubentis

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm

This writing a post every day thing is proving difficult to stick to. Seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I still seem to fine plenty of time to drink the wine though.

Sunday I tasted the 2011 Ameztoi Txakolina Rose. And whether you like white Txakolina or not, I think every wine geek has to try rose Txakolina if given the chance. If you’re familiar with the wine, you know that it comes from the heart of the Basque region of Spain. With such a large Basque community as we have here in Boise, I find myself helping people looking for Basque wine pretty often, but that can be difficult, since the Basque country has no official borders. So, Rioja and Navarra, both of which are on the outskirts of the Basque country, each have at least some claim to Basque heritage, but one rarely knows how deep their roots run. On the subject of Txakolina, however, there can be no argument. The total production of Txakolina is about 95% white, which is why this rose (and red Txakolina, if you come across some) is an absolute must-try for wine geeks.

Much like the white counterpart, the pink TX is low in alcohol, only 10.5%, and very slightly sparkling. Ameztoi is in Getariako, one of the 3 sub-districts of Txakolina. Amazingly, this rose, which only costs about $15, is made from vines over 150 years old! The combination of acidity and carbonation makes for a fantastically bright, refreshing wine that makes me think of strawberry limeade, and which is dangerously easy to drink.

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