Hondarrabi Zuri is a white grape variety grown only in Spain, and more specifically, the Basque region. The Atlantic Ocean has a tempering effect on the area which causes the citrus notes in the Hondarrabi Zuri grape to be lively and slightly herbal. Wines produced with Hondarrabi Zuri are meant to be consumed young and fresh, and are very easy to drink. In order to maintain the fresh quality, Hondarrabi Zuri wines have been known to be bottled with a touch of carbon dioxide. Hondarrabi Zuri is the most planted variety in the Basque region and is responsible for the base juice in the area’s Txakoli wines. The Txakoli de Getaria is the principal sub-region of Basque’s white wine production. Hondarrabi Zuri is also found in blends with the lesser varieties of the Basque region, including folle blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. Hondarrabi Zuri also has a corresponding red grape variety known as Hondarrabi Beltza. Hondarrabi Zuri grape bunches are tiny and dense with golden colored berries that are petite and round. The wine Hondarrabi produces is pale yellow in color with notes of ripe fruit, citrus, flowers, and herbs on the nose.
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Betz Family La Serenne Syrah is 100% Syrah
La Serenne is the most reflective of the site/vintage dynamic of our three single-site 2012 Syrahs. Lovers of this wine know that its source, the Boushey Vineyard, is the highest altitude of the three vineyards and is typically the latest harvested. This cool site was accentuated by the cooler season and the results reflect the seriousness of this vineyard and its care.
An extraordinary, nearly impenetrable black purple color leads to a concentrated, inky aromatic impression: smoky black cherry and wild blackberry dominate, but a litany of supporting aromas is already emerging: smoke, violet, mushroom, roasted meat, Chinese 5 spice and minerals. It has a full attack on entry and a big, rich mouthfeel that goes on and on.
2012 is our 13th harvest from this site and these rows. We continue to be impressed with the chameleon nature of this vineyard, in cool years and hot, in heat spikes and cool springs: it provides us with surprises and opportunities at every harvest. While the themes of deep black fruits and pliant structure always surface, the nuance of this vineyard and its care (thank you, Dick Boushey) make it some of the most satisfying fruit we work with every harvest.
"The pure, elegant and textured 2014 Syrah la Serenne offers that classic violet and floral characteristics of the cuvee, as well as medium to full-bodied richness, lots of black raspberry fruit, fine, sweet tannin and a great finish. It’s not as powerful or concentrated as the La Cote Rousse, yet it’s a joy to drink and will cruise for a decade or more on its balance and purity. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 93 pts
The house style is one of fruit forward Cabernet Franc aromas and flavors. This medium bodied and silky wine is filled with strawberries, red currants and cherries on the palate, and has an elegant finish.
The Estate is now certified organic in France. Jean François is also applying some biodynamic ideas into the grape growing and the wine making.
Both light and dark meat pair incredibly well with this wine. Fish, cheese and stewed fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, or yellow peaches are a wonderful accompaniment to this well balanced wine.