Basque Country, Spain
The Errasti family has been growing grapes for up to 50 years and selling them locally. They founded their bodega in 1989 when the region received its D.O. status and now make their only wine from their estate grown grapes. The bodega utilizes the latest technological advances throughout their bodega. Their estate vineyards are located on the sunniest side of the rolling hills that also have the strongest winds which help to reduce the effects of the high humidity. The sailing vessel used for whaling on the front label has a long history in the Basque region. The fisherman found that many traditional wines could not survive the long time they were at sea. Consequently, Txakoli became the wine of choice, because its high acidity gave it a much longer shelf life in the unrefrigerated and other otherwise harsh environment on the sailing ships.
|The Hondarrabi Zuri (Zuri means white in Basque) grapes in the Basque region and used for Zudugarai are unique to the region and are not grown anywhere else in the world. All of the vineyards in the region are characteristically very small. Pale straw color. Spicy lemon, lime, green apple aromas with some pear. Citrus and orchard fruit flavors with minerality. Sharp acidity. Crisp flavor and finish.
2013 - 89 points – Int’l Wine Cellar
2012 - 91 points – Wine & Spirits
2012 - 88 points – Wine Spectator
2012 - 86 points – Wine Enthusiast
2011 - 90 points – Wine & Spirits