When caught fresh, this is one of the Txakoli region’s best wines. It comes on hard, clacky and tight as a box of nails, with citrus and minerally aromas. The palate is crisp and tight, with apple, lime, kiwi and spritz. Long, clean and refreshing.
At its peak now, so you may actually want to wait for the release of the 2010. If not, this wine delivers crisp green-apple aromas, vanilla and soda cracker. The palate is crisp but not assaulting like a splash of battery acid, and the flavors of apple, saline and minerality are true to Txakoli. Finishes like zesty apple cider; drink immediately.
Dusty apple and mineral aromas are clean, but that’s about it. The palate is lifted by blazing acids and spritz, while the flavor profile is all tangy lemon, tangerine and freshly picked green bean. Cleansing on the finish.
A lovely white to enjoy with seafood or salads. Displays fine green-apple, hay and white-peach aromas and flavors. Has a very slight and appealing bit of fizz, and a long, lime-mineral finish. Reward your palate and impress your friends with this Basque country blend of Hondarrabi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltza, and Cabernet Franc.
Nobody should mistake this idiosyncratic Basque white wine for a bargain. At $25, you had better like steely, almost sour-style whites to justify going here. But if you can find the pleasure in Txakoli, then this one is good. It has peach and nectarine aromas, which are backed by tangy lemon and pineapple flavors. Naturally sharp and cleansing on the finish, and…
Past its prime, so take this review with a grain of salt. This vintage has begun to slip toward the grave; it’s still showing good apple and lemon character, but it’s short on vitality and devoid of Txakoli’s patented bite and spritz. Seek the ’09 or wait for the 2010 to come out.
Bright and light, this Basque-country white, literally from seaside vineyards on Spain’s north coast, is full of lime and wet stone aromas and flavors and has a faint yet unmistakable saline nuance. The slight spritz on the tongue adds to the lively feel. As might be expected from a wine cultivated on hills facing the Bay ofBiscay, this begs for shellfish, octopus…
With almost no color, this spritzy rosado is prickly and feline on the nose, like Sauvignon Blanc or Verdejo. The palate is lightly bubbly, with bounce and tart tangerine and herbal flavors. Txomin Etxaníz has never made a commercial rosé prior to this. This makes you wonder why they did.