Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish (Basque) White - 2010 Bodega Iturrialde Bizkaiko Txakolina Gorka Izagirre

After the labor intensive process of shelling and cleaning a bunch of great shrimp from Whole Foods for my first ever attempt at making Spanish style Garlic Shrimp, I wanted a great wine to enjoy along with the garlicky goodness.  Commemorating our upcoming trip to Spain which will include a stop by the Basque Country in San Sebastian - I picked the most consumed white wine of the area - a Txakoli (Choh-co-lee).

Wine: 2010 Bodega Iturrialde Bizkaiko Txakolina Gorka Izagirre
Region: Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain
Grape Varieties: Ondarrabi Zuri
Obtained from: Purchased online from Ultimate Wine Shop
Price: $14
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear light yellow with a water white rim.
Aroma: Very aromatic - lime, lemon, something herbal.
Taste: Crisp acidity, and a nice long finish.  Cut through the richness of the butter in the Garlic Shrimp and made the sweet flavor of the shrimp absolutely sing. 

The Grade: I give this one an A. Most of the Txakoli wines we've had in Spain are simple wines made to go with Pintxos (the Basque version of Tapas). This wine is much more substantial and very delicious. It may be a challenge finding this type of wine - the place I bought it doesn't have any left - but I do suggest you grab a bottle if you see one for a very pleasurable wine that not many get the opportunity to enjoy.

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