2010 Gurrutxaga Bizkaiko Txakolina Rosé (Previously $20)

SKU #1067534 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Rosado is salmon pink with an enticing nose of sea salt and strawberry. Crisp, lively, and surprisingly mouth-filling, it will drink nicely over the next 12-18 months." (06/11) 90 points Stephen Tanzer: "Light orange-pink. Fresh red berries, spices and minerals on the expressive nose. Bright and tightly wound, offering intense, mineral-driven flavors of blood orange and wild red berries. Balanced and pure rose with excellent finishing clarity, cut and length. This checks in at 10.5% alcohol and is absurdly easy to drink.  (6/ 2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light orange-pink. Fresh red berries, spices and minerals on the expressive nose. Bright and tightly wound, offering intense, mineral-driven flavors of blood orange and wild red berries. Balanced and pure rose with excellent finishing clarity, cut and length. This checks in at 10.5% alcohol and is absurdly easy to drink.  (6/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Gurrutxaga is located in the txakoli sub-zone of Bizkaia, a bit closer to Bilbao than to San Sebastián. Their vineyards, consisting of hondarribi zuri, Mune Mahatsa (gros manseng), Txori Mahatsa (Courbu), and old vine Hondarribi Beltza (the rare red variety used for their rosé) are situated on beautiful, green sloping hills that afford a magnificent close-up view of the ocean. This rosé, along with Ameztoi's, has earned a real cult following. Gurrutxaga's is a very different style though, produced by bleeding Hondarribi Beltza (red) grapes, which due to the ripeness of the vintage and a bit longer maceration, produce a deeply colored, distinctive, bitter cherry flavored elixir, with added freshness and verve provided by the slight petillance (effervesence). This wine will wonderfully complement a variety of foods, from seafood to roasted chicken or paella.

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/27/2011  | Send Email
The much awaited 2010 Txakoli is here. The classic Tapas wine of Spain. Bright and steely, the wine throws cranberry and strawberry at you with graceful force. Vibrant acidity shines through the wine, serving to buoy the fruit up to offer a palate that is full and satisfying without being cloying or insipid. Have a go at making some Tapas and enjoy this as it is meant to be experienced, with good food and good friends.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.