2008 Gurrutxaga Bizkaiko Txakolina Rosé

SKU #1049356

A truly unusual (in a good way) drinking experience, this txakoli rosé is actually a totally different animal from the Ameztoi 'Rubentis' txakoli rosé. A pretty, delicate pink color, the tart red currant, berry, slightly savory flavors and finesse of this rosé recall a subtle, food friendly Chinon rosé. It is probably the driest rosé I have yet to drink this year, so keep that in mind. With a touch of txakoli's trademark fizz thrown in, this is a fun bottle for the wine geeks. Pair with any simply grilled fish, particularly salmon.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2009 | Send Email
This wine may seem a tad on the "geeky" side for some but it is pretty fascinating stuff. Made from Hondarribi Beltza (the red grape from Txakoli) it has a range of flavors that float between cabernet franc and gamay. The wine definitely has lots of cherry fruit with a lovely sparkle behind it but it is the slightly herbal notes and touch of smoke that make it truly intriguing. One of the most amusing rose's I have tasted this season.

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