Itsasmendi 'Eklipse' Pinot Noir 2016

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75% Pinot Noir and 25% Hondarrabi Beltza - Hand-picked from 20 year-old 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. Sustainable viticulture and environmentally friendly winemaking stamp their mark on the personality of this Txakoli. Fermented in stainless steel conical tanks and aged for 10 months in a 2000 liter French oak vat, which brings balance, a certain complexity and structure to this unique Basque red. Pale ruby in color, Eklipse exhibits bright aromas of red cherries and violets, with a streak of minerality. On the palate, the wine is fresh and light-bodied with high acidity and a complex, balanced finish. Due to its freshness and high acidity, Eklipse is an extremely versatile food wine that can be paired with roasted chicken, fresh pastas, and grilled vegetables and light meat dishes. Fantastic in the summer as well as the cooler months. 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. -90 Points JS