Importer notes from De Maison:
"Doniene Gorrondona was founded by winemaker and oenologist Itziar Insausti and journalist Andoni Sarratea. Itziar’s brother Egoitz works in the winery and assists agronomist Julen Frías in the vineyards. Doniene Gorrondona was one of three original pioneers in the revival of txakolina production near Bilbao, with the creation of the Bizkaiko Txakolina DO in 1994. Prior to that, the txakolina discipline was nearly lost in the area, with many vineyards given over to the construction of seaside homes. Their goal has always been to rejuvenate the tradition of txakolina and honor its contribution to the gastronomic and cultural history of their village with the indigenous hondarrabi zuri and hondarrabi beltza grapes."
Tasting notes from Flor, tasted 11/28/23:
This is the cuvee of red Txakolina to be had, every vintage. The 2020 shows the savory, earthy potential of Hondarrabi Beltza, with graphite, leather and damp earth flavors mingling with a black-fruited core of plum and blackberry. While pyrazines (bell pepper, etc.) have been more prominent in some past vintages, the '20 shows a subtle, light presence of those Cabernet Franc-esque flavors. Made from pre-phylloxera vines over 100 years old, the concentration of flavor and suave, mouth coating tannins indicate that this is seriously low-yielding, concentrated fruit. Despite a relatively short maceration period and aging in stainless steel for less than one year, this is a serious red wine that should improve with 5-7 years of time in bottle, if you can wait that long.