2021 Ugabe Balea Unfiltered Txakoli

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Ugaitz Iturbe is the 6th generation producer on his family’s farmhouse or baserri in the town of Artea, but the first to completely dedicate the estate to winemaking. Working with a mere 2 hectares at 300m elevation, no vine escapes his attention to detail. With this unfiltered bottling, Ugaitz hopes to showcase txakoli as only producers can typically enjoy it, with all of its body and aroma intact.

BALEA UNFILTERED

Producer: Txakolindegi Ugabe

Appellation: Bizkaiko Txakolina

Varietals: 80% Hondarrabi Zuri, 20% Petit Courbu (aka Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratie)

Source: 100% estate-grown

ABV: 12.5%

Method: Hand-harvested. Native yeast fermentation in stainless steel. Fermentation is allowed to build pressure leaving a natural spritz. Aged 6 months on the lees, bottled unfiltered.

Flavor Notes and Pairings: Fresh green apple aroma gives way to lemon peel on the pallet with a saline minerally backbone. Though weightier than the typical Getarian txakoli, zippy acidity lends itself to an excellent pairing with poultry and seafood—preferably Cantabrian anchovies or similar-caliber tinned tuna. Also makes for a lovely before dinner glass.

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