Grapes: 90 % Hondarrabi Zuri, 10% Izpiriotza Txikia. The Grapes are picked in October, destalked, and crushed. Fermentation in small stainless steel tanks.
Taste: Fresh, with a fruity nose, that gives a powerful blast of fresh aromas, white pear, green apple, citrus and herbs, with reminders of peppermint, and eucalyptus. The mouth is fresh, lively, and persistent. Malic acid is shown in the notes of green apple. The acidity allows a long life with an interesting evolution of its aromas. Notice the minerality, which over time can lead to a smoky flavor, giving it complexity.
Gastronomy: Shellfish and tapas. The perfect pairing for fish recipes traditional or modern, baked, steamed, cooked or raw. Also pairs well with all kinds of appetizers, seafood, and variety of white meats.
Color: Clean and transparent, greenish yellow.
Talking About the Wines:
-International Wine Report, July ’17 gave 91 points to 2016 Luzia de Ripa “…This compelling wine is a blend of 90% Hondarrabi Zuri with the remainder Izpirotza Txikia. Crisp and effusive come to mind with this outstanding release by Arzabo. Cantaloupe, beeswax, and white flower aromatics are at play. This has wonderful astringency, showcasing green papaya, lemon zest, unripe mango, and pear flavors, sitting alongside minerals, and racy acidity.”
-International Wine Report, Sept '16 gave 91 points to 2015 Luzia de Ripa. "... begins with a bouqet of white peach, apricot, apple blossom, and lime zest... flavors of Granny Smith apple, key lime, kumquat rind, and hints of green papaya... the structure and lovely citrus components continues to bring you back to the glass for more."