Bizkaiko Txakolina, Doniene Gorrondona
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Bizkaiko Txakolina, Doniene Gorrondona - 2019

Item # 20328 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Here is a truly unique wine: made from 150-year-old pre-phylloxera Hondarribi Beltza vines and a rare red version of this spritzy, Basque wine. Reminiscent of Loire valley Cabernet Franc, Gorrondona displays aromas of green pepper and spice that give way to a mouthful of crushed minerals and juicy red fruit.

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Staff Pick Notes

What's a nice red wine doing in a place like this? The Basque region of northern Spain has become known for its lightly sparkling whites. Up until the late 19th century, however, reds were all the rage. When phyloxera hit the vineyards were decimated and most replanted with white grapes. At Doniene Gorrondona, a new generation of winemakers is resurrecting the red wine tradition using 150-year-old, ungrafted Hondarribi Beltza vines. They farm organically and use native yeasts to let the terroir shine through. And shine it does. Lush red fruits and black cherry combine with soft green bell pepper notes à la Cabernet Franc. It's fresh and vibrant with a firm tannic edge that make this an excellent food wine.


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Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...

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