Grapelive: Wine of the Day June 7, 2016

2015AmeztoiRose2015 Ameztoi, Rosé “Rubentis” Getariako Txakolina, Spain.
The wildly amusing, zesty and spritzy, Ameztoi Rosé is alive with energy and vibrant fruit, it is a beautifully dry pink that will is impossible to resist. This is an exciting wine that is light and refreshing with a pop of residual carbon that makes in tingle on the tongue without being bubbly, it is crafted with 50% Hondararribi Beltza (red) and 50% Hondarribi Zuri (white) and comes from vines grown at about 150 meters above sea-level in the coastal Basque region of Spain, the vines age between 5 and 150 years old! The red and white grapes are fermented together, the ferments are cold and slow to preserve vitality and vigor, the terroir really shines through with cool maritime influence and the clay and sandy soils lend austere character in this all stainless steel aged Rosé. This gripping wine is made by Ignacio Ameztoi, the seventh generation of this Basque winemaking family, and he is regarded as one of the premier Txakolina producers and is respected far and wide for his lovely and intense wines, especially his classic white Hondarribi Zuri from his estate not far from San Sebastian. The 2015 Ameztoi Rubentis Getariako Txakolina Rosé shows zingy fresh citrus with an underlying lime and kiwi and upfront candied cherry, liquid strawberry, rosewater and watermelon along with hints of guava, steely mineral tones, peaky acidity and light savor/bitter herbs. It’s sad not to have this in magnums, as it is hard not to pound the regular bottle in seconds, so easy and lively is this wonderful to drink, it is a great summer quaffer and it’s unimaginable that you can’t love this smile inducing pink with it’s serve dry/crispness and low alcohol pleasure, great with food and sublime at anytime day or night! This wine must be on the up near the top of your list for the summer heat this year, it’s the adult lemonade!
($23 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive