Friday, August 6, 2010

Basque Rosé (with update)

Ameztoi Rubentis Txakolina 2009: Pale pink, the color of a really cheap costume-jewel. Fizzy. Nose of Strawberry Jolly Rancher, with just a hint of sweet herb and maybe white peach. Slightly tart red cherry and lemony citrus on the palate, a bit of a surprise, with good mineral character. Made from 50% Hondarribi Beltza (indigenous red grape) and 50% Hondarribi Zuri, (indigenous white grape); I can't locate information on either one. (If you can, please post!) Pleasant and refreshing, but grossly overpriced at $17.99. For more on the wine and the winemaker. visit the Domaine Selections website.

Update: Eric Asimov has an informative post on his recent visit to Basque wine country.


Anonymous said...

Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes, Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 1996, states: "Hondarrabi, Spanish Basque vine Varieties. Handarrabi Zuri is light-berried and more common in Guetaria in Guipúzcoa while the dark-berried Hondarrabi Beltza grown in Baquio y Valmaseda in Vizcaya."

The Wine Mule said...

Thank you! I looked for these two in Robinson's older (1986) "Vines, Grapes, And Wines" and didn't find them.