2020 Basa Lore Txakoli, Getariako Txakolina DO, Basque Country, Spain (750ml)

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Founded in 1930 and located in the northern part of Zarautz (about 30 minutes from the French border)—where the ocean meets the forest—Basa Lore is one of the six wineries that founded the Getariako Txakolina D.O. Basa Lore is Basque for "wildflower from the forest” and alludes to the location as well as the effervescent green hue of their classic Txakoli. Proprietor Jose Angel is the fourth generation of his family to serve as winemaker and has been tending to the vineyards all his life using as few chemicals as possible, hand harvesting and producing the wines naturally.

This is first and only 100% natural, zero added sulfites Txakoli on the market. Made from 100% Hondarrabi Zuri, the grapes were hand-harvested and naturally fermented. Once the fermentation was finished, the wine was cooled to below 40°F to preserve all the CO2 produced during the fermentation and maintain the nerve and freshness characteristic of the varietal, then aged 10 months on lees.

It is pale in color but vibrant with aromatics of tart green apple and peony. Fresh, light and fruity, the spritzy palate shows key lime, underripe stone fruit, green strawberry and a charming savory note. The finish is bright and juicy with an elegant display of salinity. Absolutely delightful!

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