Ameztoi Press

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

92 Points
2015 Ameztoi Rubentis
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jun 2016

Brilliant orange-pink. Incisive aromas of fresh red berries and tangerine pick up suave floral and mineral accents in the glass. Spicy, penetrating and nervy in character, offering powerful bitter cherry, red currant and orange zest flavors that stain the palate. Shows impressive flavor intensity but comes off weightless and lithe, showing excellent finishing focus and floral-tinged persistence. Given how dangerously easy this wine is to drink (the 10.5% alcohol is a factor, no doubt), I could imagine knocking back a magnum with ease and in no time flat.

92 Points
2014 Ameztoi Getariako Txakoli
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Jan 2016

($22.00) Light yellow. High-pitched aromas of lime zest, jasmine, chalky minerals and green tea, with a hint of pear in the background. Fresh and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter citrus pith and green apple flavors that spread out slowly on the back half. Shows excellent focus and lift on a long, incisive finish that emphatically echoes the lime and floral notes. I'd love to have a few bottles of this with a bunch of raw shellfish and crab.

91 Points
2013 Ameztoi Txakoli Getariako Txakolina
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($20) Green-tinged straw. Vibrant aromas of lime zest, green apple, white flowers and chalky minerals, with a subtle herbal nuance in the background. Silky and precise, offering mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit flavors that put on weight with air. Picks up a tarragon note on the dry, incisive finish, which lingers with strong, mineral-driven tenacity. This pure, racy wine would be a superb companion to fried oysters or clams.

91 Points
2011 Ameztoi Hijo de Rubentis Getariako Txakolina
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($50) (a methode champenoise rendition of Ameztoi's pink Txakoli, made from hondarribi zuri and a bit of hondarribi beltza and with 6 g/l dosage): Pale pink. Fresh, mineral-laced red berries, orange zest and white flowers on the highly perfumed nose. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors and a jolt of spiciness on the back half. Clings with very good authority on the stony, spice-tinged finish, which leaves candied rose and white pepper notes behind. This wine was bottled exclusively in magnums.

90 Points
2013 Ameztoi Stimatum Getariako Txakolina
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($21) (100% hondarribi beltza): Pale, bright violet. Vibrant redcurrant and cherry scents are complemented by a sexy floral quality and a hint of white pepper. Dry, nervy and precise, offering bitter cherry and blood orange flavors that pick up a subtle sweetness with air. Clean, nervy and focused on the finish, which lingers with excellent spicy intensity. Wild stuff: this would be fantastic with young cheeses, from any mammal.

91 Points
2012 Ameztoi Txakoli Getariako Txakolina
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($19) Pale yellow.  Pungent, mineral-laced aromas of pear, floral honey, lemon pith and fresh herbs.  Densely packed orchard and citrus fruit flavors are brightened by zesty minerality and a hint of white pepper.  Refreshingly bitter on the finish, with the mineral note repeating.

90 Points
2012 Ameztoi Stimatum Getariako Txakolina
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($20) (100% hondarrabi beltza):  Bright purple.  High-pitched cherry, blueberry and floral aromas, with a zesty mineral topnote.  Juicy, incisive and mineral-driven, offering pliant cherry and dark berry flavors that gain sweetness with air.  The mineral quality adds bite to the finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a hint of candied violet. 

91 points
2011 Ameztoi Txakoli Getariako Txakolina
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($19) Bright straw.  Citrus fruits, green apple and herbs on the highly fragrant nose and in the mouth.  Stony and tight, with impressive finishing clarity and lingering honeysuckle and lemon nuances.

91 points
2011 Ameztoi Rubentis Getariako Txakolina
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($19) (made from a blend of 50% hondarribi beltza and 50% hondarribi zurri, from vines that are reportedly over 150 years old):  Very pale pink.  Ethereal, mineral-accented aromas of citrus fruits, strawberry and white flowers.  Dry and tightly focused, with energetic orange peel and red berry flavors that show very good clarity.  Clean and tangy on the precise finish, which leaves white pepper and mineral notes behind.

From CBS This Morning

THE Dish, with Seamus Mullen
May 12, 2012

The Dish samples a selection of Spanish foods with Seamus Mullen. For the main course they have Sunday Roast Chicken with Ameztoi Rubentis. Watch the video.