Itsasmendi 'Artizar' Txacoli 2012

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100% Hondarrabi Zuri - Hand-picked each year from select estate vineyard plots that cover the Basque regions myriad terroirs, from maritime locations along the Bay of Biscay to altitudes of up to 1,000 feet in the mountains. Only the best, most expressive fruit is dedicated for this small production project. Fermentation occurs in a 2,000 liter French oak vat followed by an additional seven months aging on its lees. The result is a wine of singular tipicity, elegance and great complexity. From the shale and marlstone land, Artizar is a landscape of wild herb and “terroir”. It offers the full feel of an aged white with great complexity and longevity. Bodegas Itsasmendi (Basque for “Sea and Mountain”) comprises 35 hectares of vineyards originally planted in 1989. It’s located in the Basque DO of Bizkaiko Txakolina overlooking the Bay of Biscay, not far from the city of Bilbao. Grapes are farmed by a small group of partners who own the extraordinarily beautiful land.