This wine is perfect for a warm day, and by today's wine standards, a good deal at $20 a bottle. It doesn't hurt that it's from Spain, either.
I found it refreshing and lively. Its complexity is enhanced by the balance of subtle apple, bright lemon and the perfect amount of acidity -- which makes it a pleasure to drink.
The low alcohol and mineral finish compliment this wine and when paired with cheese, salty meats or smoked fish it's wonderful.
The farmhouse, on the label, sits in the middle of this fully organic farm which is tended exclusively by hand in Olaberria; about 30 miles inland from San Sebastian. No chemicals are used at the vineyard, or in the cellar -- making it a biodynamic farm and a very natural wine, as well.
Despite having had this philosophy since the beginning, the owners, Iñaki and Rosa Mari Exteberria had to pursue a D.O. classification rigorously. They were granted D.O. status in 2009.
For this area, I think this is a rare wine -- both in production standards and, for me, in quality. It is a wonderful example of what living wines can be when allowed to show their true expression of place and time -- not to mention love.
Another treasure from España.
|This label is to help you read the name. It is not the correct vintage|