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Our Txakoli, at Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Stephen Tanzer, editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read by wine professionals and wine lovers in 34 countries, has recommended two of our Txakolis from Bodega Berroja, rating them “outstanding”:
-2011 Txakoli Aguirrebeko: 90 pts.
-2011 Txakoli Berroja: 92 pts.

TXAKOLI AGUIRREBEKO
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Sep 12
(90% hondarribi zuri, 6% folle blanche and 4% riesling): Bright straw. Lemongrass, lime zest and quince on the fragrant nose, with suave undertones of minerals and jasmine. Juicy, refreshingly bitter citrus and pear skin flavors gain weight with air and pick up a ginger quality. Smooth and sappy on the finish, displaying good grip and a lingering mineral note. 90 points

TXAKOLI BERROJA
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Sep 12
(80% hondarribi zuri and 20% riesling, aged for eight months on its lees; 11.5% alcohol): Bright yellow-gold. Potent aromas of pear skin, quinine and agave, with a bright mineral topnote. Dry and deeply pitched orchard and citrus fruit flavors show impressive clarity and power, picking up a floral nuance with air. Closes sappy and very long, with excellent focus and lingering minerality. This isn’t your father’s Txakoli, but then again your father probably never even heard of Txakoli, unless he’s Basque. 92 points

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