Submitted by Jean Engelke

This is a pleasant white wine from Muxika, Spain, just South of the France border in the Basque region.  Txakolina is a traditional white Basque wine made by blending indiginous Hondarrabi Zuri grapes. In this case it is a blend of 90% Hondarrabi Zuri, 6% Folle Blanche, and 4% Reisling.

The region is actually part of the Catalanas region, more commonly known for Cava. Prior to phylloxera, the region was heavily planted in reds. After phylloxera, the area was replanted in whites that complemented CAVA production. Included was Folle Blanche, a traditional white grape of Cognac and Armagnac regions of France used in Cognac production.
The region is the Denominacion de Origen, Txakoli de Bizkaiko – Bizkaiko Txakolina DO. The region has a Mediterranian climate.  The soil is limestone surface ad sandy sub-soil. The wine was feremented 25 days on lees in stainless steel.
Robert Parker gave it a rating of 89. It has aromas of citris fruit, ripe fruit, herbs and flowers. Nectar, pear and white flower, minerally, with green apple. It is crisp yet is savory, well balanced and a fuller body than you would expect.
It was enjoyed with a spice rubbed Lake Ontario lake trout, steamed broccoli and wild rice. The wine was a little on the warm side, it would be very enjoyable chilled on summer deck. Would probably be enjoyable with any seafood and would stand up to rich buttery sauces.
Wine, one bottle at a time rating = Enjoyable, will buy again, serve on the deck.

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