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Ulacia Blanco Txakolina


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Ulacia Blanco Txakolina: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Ulacia Blanco Txakolina

In the Getariako DO (Denominacione de Origen) of Txakolina, the dominant grape is called "Hondarrabi Zuri" (in other DOs, it is called "Ondarrabi Zuri"). The Ulacia Getariako Txakolina is made up of 85% Hondarrabi Zuri and 15% Hondarrabi Beltza, which latter is actually a red-wine grape. (Note that Hondarrabi Zuri, often referred to as "indigenous" to the Basque country, is simply the French grape Courbu Blanc.) Like many a Txakolina, the Ulacia is an alcohol lightweight, clocking in at just 11½%.

Ulacia Getariako Txakolina is pretty commonly available, with many national retailers carrying it. At retail, it runs for from $15 up to $22 or so, averaging $18 (Txakolinas have gotten trendy lately).


Ulacia Blanco Txakolina: Tasting Impressions

The Ulacia is a fairly standard white Txakolina: mildly pétillant, moderate acidity with moderate minerality, and a distinct citrusy nose and flavor. It is easy to drink and is acid enough to be crisp and refreshing.

If there is a negative, it is just that for the same or less money, one can get significantly more distinctive and assertive Txakolinas. Mind, if you want an unassertive little wine that does have its pleasures, this will do fine. But even there, $18 or thereabouts can do you better. In sum, nothing at all wrong, some things right, but not a lot of bang for the buck.


Ulacia Blanco Txakolina: Other Opinions

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