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Doniene Gorrondona Txakolina 2013

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    Refreshing sensations of Basque sea breezes. Slightly effervescent and very delicious.

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    Doniene Gorrondona

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    Doniene Gorrondona, Spain
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    Doniene Gorrondona is a winery located in the once famous Bakio region of the Basque Country of Spain. The Bakio region used to be a major wine producing area in Bizkaia. Three friends from the region rehabilitated and modernized this ancient vineyard and winery. They farm a total of twelve hectares, two of which are from centennial pre-phylloxera Hondarribi Beltza vines. The building they acquired came with eight pot stills. They produce artisanal quantities of orujo, a type of distilled spirits similar to a French Marc or Italian Grappa.

    The unique location of this winery is evident from the moment one steps into the Bakio valley. This bowl faces the Cantabrian Ocean, with steep facings creating a unique landscape. On these facings are planted Hondarribi Zurri. All of these well drained soils are farmed organically. Itziar and Andoni believe in creating wines that reflect this unique terruño. To do so, all their wines are fermented using indigenous yeasts.

    Doniene Gorrondona represents the recuperation of a long viticultural tradition in Bizkaia.

    Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

    Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

    Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

    Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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