2014AmeztoiRose2014 Ameztoi, Rose, Getariako Txakolina, Rubentis, Spain.
The latest Ameztoi is bursting with energy and has a sexy array of vibrant flavors, it is always a fun and entertaining pink, excitingly zesty, dry and almost with a spritz, don’t miss this Basque rarity, especially this new 2014 version. At first this eye-popping Rose puckers you with impressive tang, but as you adjust to it’s vivid crisp intensity you feel refreshed and alive and the wine’s lovable charm and character win you over completely, this is one of the all time great summer wines, it is alive, vivacious and wonderfully quaffable. The nose is full of mineral, citrus and wet stones with a hint of strawberry, loam and floral/spice leading to that extremely light and sizzling palate of watermelon, sour cherry, red peach, grapefruit, rosewater and wild herbs along with a touch of salt lick, wet stones and lingering grenadine. Pulling this beautiful Rose out of an ice bucket at a backyard BBQ is pure heaven, this is great and easy pink wine, super dry and delicate, it brings lots of smiles and laughter, what’s not to love. Ameztoi makes a fine set of Txakolina, and their white is also one to look for, the 2014 is a bit fruity with a Riesling meets Muscadet melding to it, but still feels dry and zingy, but it’s their lovely pink that really steals the show, drink now and as long as you can find it!
($24 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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