Monday, December 17, 2012

Marc's Wine Tasting Notes: Ametza Txakoli 2009

Marc's Wine Tasting Notes:
Ametza Txakoli  2009
Bodegas Arzabro, Arabaki Txakolina, Basque Country, Spain     Grapes:  Hondarubbi Zuri - Gros Manseng

 Txakoli (pronounced "tcha-koh-lee") is a Spanish white wine produced in the northern coastal regions from little known local grape varieties. It comes in many styles and can be hard to predict from limited tastings. I once tasted four different Txakolinas (an alternate name for this wine) and no two were alike. The body and intensity of flavors can vary a lot. 

Here are my tasting notes:

Brimming gold with greenish highlights from the glass, the wine presents a bright nose of baked apples, minerals, and sweetened eucalyptus. This particular Txakoli is a full bodied and complex wine. The flavors are an adventure, with something new appearing with every sip. Lime, crisp apple, mandarin oranges, saltiness, minerals, and herbs, all combine on the palate. With further exploration, other unpredictable flavors like mint, grapefruit, and even licorice, can make an appearance, making this wine a pleasurable experience for the wine adventurous. The finish doesn’t let you forget it, either.

Marc Soucy, FWS
*FWS = certification from the French Wine Society, Washington D.C. & Paris, France


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