Winter has suddenly turned to summer, so it’s time to break out the roses in celebration. And what better rose to start with than a rare and unique rose from the Basque country. The winery is the Bodega Gurrutxaga, owned by winemaker Gotson Urezpi, with vineyards overlooking the Atlantic in the Mendexa region of Txakoli. The D.O. is Txakoli de Bizkaia, and the grape is Hondarribi Beltza, which is indigenous to the region. This is a great rose to kick off the season. It has real character–minerals, earth, notes of dried berries; high acidity; and low alcohol (just 10.5%) — the perfect wine for drinking with lunch on sunny summer days. Like most Txakoli wines, it’s not easy to find, but the importer–De Maison Selections–of Chapel Hill, NC, should be able to tell you where to look.
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