Unripe red fruit notes keep this classic Northern Spanish taberna wine lean and mean. Best consumed in large quantities.
Region: Getariako Txakolina (Basque)
Grapes: Hondarribi Zuri, Hondarribi Beltza
Light Body, Lively
Green Strawberry, Rose Petal, Chalk
Appearing pale pink in the glass, with just a touch of fizz, this wine is a party in a bottle. The nose is all chalk, watermelon candy and tart white strawberry, with a slightly floral edge. On the palate, the tickle of effervescence is grounded by serious acidity in lock-step with a strong mineral backbone. If you can find a porrón, the game is to pour directly into a fellow reveler’s mouth from the highest height around, whether that’s just an extended arm, from atop a bar, or, if you’re fancy, from a balcony. If there’s no porrón to be found, enjoy this with good friends and back porches on a warm night.
It’s only recently that the wines from the northern Spanish region of Txakolina (say: chalk-oh-LEE-nah) have found their way outside Basque country; for hundreds of years, these lively, slightly effervescent party players were kept locally, for late-night festivities and pours out of porrón, long-spouted glass jugs especially designed for kicking up the fizz (and fun). Often made from a blend of hyper-local native grapes Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, the wines are famous for their lean, mineral-driven expression, thanks to the chalk soils that dominate most of Txakolina’s maritime subzones. Wines hailing from Txakolina are generally called Txakoli, and if you’re looking for the answer to all of your patio/beach/bocce needs, look no further.