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Astobiza Txakoli de Álava 2022 (750 ml)

Astobiza Txakoli de Álava 2022 (750 ml)

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The Astobiza Txakoli comes from the upper reach of the Alava zone at about 650 feet above sea level.  Nestled within the rolling hills of the Basque country, the local varietals are adapted to the continental climate with a heavy Atlantic influence.  The local grapes called Ondarrabi Zuri, were hand harvested into small baskets from the organically farmed estate vines; and after a cold and slow fermentation, the wine was kept in stainless steel until it was bottled as the estate’s flagship wine.  This white has delicious and brightly fresh ripe fruit, while retaining the classic brilliant acidity that Txakoli has always been known for.  Aromas of white pear, young peach, green apple, and fresh grapefruit lead into an extremely fresh palate that is balanced with minerality, acidity, and persistence. 

Astobiza is a gorgeous winery in the Txakolí de Alava DO of Spain. Named after a portion of the mountains nearby, Astobiza is a young bodega with old family history in winemaking. Xabier Abando's memories of his father making wine and growing up in the vineyards during the 1950's, carried him past his father's untimely death when Xabier was only fifteen, and gave him the motivation and dreams to one day create his own bodega.  In 1996, his passion began to take form when he accrued an estate near the town of Okendo, and began planting his first 2 hectares of vines, and grew with each year. After his vines produced grapes he found suitable, he built his bodega in 2008 for his first vintage of wine at the age of 68. Now with his son-in-law Jon Zubeldia, and the help of enologist Ana MartÍn, Xabier is making beautiful Txakolí from his organically farmed estate that would have made his father proud.

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