Berroia Txakoli de Bizkaia<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Bodega Berroja is surrounded by a protected national forest called Urdaibai in the village of Muxica. Berroia Txakoli is a rare gem: a fuller-bodied example hailing from the lesser-known DO Bizkaiko Txakolina. A savory, elegant expression of this maritime terroir, this is a still wine with no effervescence. While delicious young, Berroia can age beautifully up to a decade or more.
RATING HISTORY:2017 89 JS; 2015 90VM; 2013 90IWC
GRAPE:85% Hondarrabi Zuri, 10% Riesling, 5% Folle Blanche. Sustainably grown (certified) vines planted in 1997. Tended in limestone and sandy soil at 200 m (656 ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Comparable to other iconic European white wines, like Grüner Veltliner or Muscadet in its weight and acidity, Berroia is a versatile wine that pairs well with difficult foods – artichokes and asparagus included! The salinity in this wine finds it locally paired with briny seafood dishes such as anchovies and oysters; for those off the beaten path, Berroia handles food with spicy heat well.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:After the grapes are harvested during early morning hours in small boxes, the best clusters are selected and are macerated at 50F for 48 hours. Extended fermentation is carried out at cool temperature (64F) for 25 days to extract the richness of aroma and palate flavor contained in the lees. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks to retain its crisp fruit character and shows off the terroir.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located in the "Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve" in Muxica, within the Txakolina Bizkaiko DO by Spain's Bay of Biscay, 20 miles east of Bilbao, at 200 meters (656 ft) above sea level. The vineyards are quite steep at a 12% slope and the soils drain well while giving the vines very good exposure to the sunlight. The soils are limestone on the surface with sandy subsoil. The climate here is northern Atlantic. This is one of the wettest regions in Spain. The cold nights and high levels of rainfall are conditions that don't allow most other grape varieties to flourish. Interestingly, the main grape in the Basque Country, the Hondarrabi (Zuri for white wines and Beltza for reds) thrives here and will not grow anywhere else.
TASTING NOTES:Bright, green-hued straw. Spicy and focused on the nose, displaying fresh citrus and orchard fruit aromas and hints of honey and jasmine. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering juicy pear and tangerine flavors that tighten up on the back half. Finishes with very good persistence, leaving behind mineral and honeysuckle notes. -- Josh Raynolds.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.99 lbs (.5 kg)
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