Ulibarri Artzaiak - Txacoli de Bizcaia Ulibarri 2017
From a tiny 2 hectare vineyard of 40+ year old vines of Hondarrabi Zuri & Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratie grown organically (one of the only producers to be certified in the Bizkaiko DO) on clay, sand, slate, schist soils. Harvest is done by hand, where grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts and continue aging for around 12 months after harvest before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with low SO2. A still, non-spritzy version of the infamous Basque wine with bright punchy and refreshing acidity. We've tasted their wines back to the 2011 vintage and it seems like they just keep getting better with time, showing what is possible for Txakoli to become. Definitly not your typical Txakoli, this one can show much more salinity, texture, and length than some of the more basic "party pounders."