2015 Vourvoukelis Limnio, Greece, Thrace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

100% Limnio.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has cherries and a minty note.  On the palate, firm tannins.  Cherries with an underlying char.  A bit of raisined grapes.  This will work with serious meat dishes and some medium weight foods.  It should make good drinking for the next five years at least.  Retails for $25 which is a fair price.  

2012 Barafakas Winery Agiorgitiko Apocalypsis, Greece, Nemea, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

What an interesting wine.  Made from the Agiorgitiko grape.  This retail for $24 which is a fair price.  It is unclear how it will age but it seems as though it should be drunk in the next few years.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose is lovely with sour cherries.  A bit of anise on the back of the nose.  On the palate, the sour cherries come thru along with some forest floor and some bell pepper.  A bit like a cooler climate Cabernet Franc combined with Barbera.  Firm tannins and good acidity.  This really begs for some food.  A fun wine.  

2014 Helexo Apanta Xinomavro, Greece, Macedonia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

100% Xinomavro.  Light ruby in color.  This looks like it will be a lighter wine, then boom.  The nose has bitter sour cherries (in a good way) with some black olive and spice.  On the palate, this is light bodied but packs a lot of flavor on that thin frame.  Ripe cherries, firm tannins.  In the style of Nebbiolo but not.  Nice finish.  There is a nice backbone of acidity if not pronounced.  It should work well with a wide variety of foods, especially fowl.  13.5% Alc.  Retails for $20 which is a great deal for a very good wine and also something a bit different.  

2017 Kanakaris Notos Red, Greece, Peloponnese, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

 100% Agiorgitiko.  Ruby in color.  The nose has nice cherries with some pepper.  On the palate, this is tart cherries.  Quite tannic.  Good acid.  With some air, it drinks pretty easy.  Not too dissimilar from Barbera.  It retails for $9 which is a nice value.  

2016 Artemis Karamolegos Assyrtiko Terra Nera, Greece, Santorini, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

100% Assyrtiko grapes.  Light golden in color.  The nose has slight lemons with a bit or herbals notes and minerals.  On the palate, these are also present along with some pears.  There is a lot of depth here and it seems like it might develop with some air.  Enough but not a lot of acidity.  Lemony finish.  This should work great with sea food or lighter fare.  $28 per bottle retail, it is worth trying one to see where it goes.  It seems young now and like a couple of years would have some upside.  

2016 Silva Daskalaki Emphasis White, Greece, Crete, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Plyto.  Light gold in color with green swirls.  The nose is interesting with a Sweet-Tart candy quality with green and orange flavors.  On the palate, the notes become more identifiable as citrus with lemon and lime.  Dry with good acidity.  It is full bodied with a lovely texture.  This drinks bigger than the sum of its parts and has a nice finish.  Works well on its own but would would well with lighter foods.  It retails for $25 which seems fairly priced both for the uniqueness and the quality.  Nice looking packaging.  

2017 Kanakaris Notos White, Greece, Peloponnesos, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

This is an interesting wine.  100% Roditis.  It retails for $9 which makes it a nice value especially when looking for something different.  Pale silvery green in color.  The nose has some peaches and limes which is interesting with nice minerality.  On the palate, more about minerality, slight saline and some citrus.  Easy drinking but enough acidity to work with food.  The salinity also makes it great for shell fish.  This wine is fresh and should probably be drunk in the first couple of years.  

Greek Wine Travel: An Overview

Strolling through the narrow curving and criss-crossing streets, past ancient crumbling buildings, chapels and fountains, the moment you emerge from the labyrinth-like old city and set your eyes on the sea shore with the sunset’s rays dancing in the lapping waves, you realize this city is made for lovers.

Road Shows: Greece 2007

While no match for the fickle flip of fashion rags like Vogue, nevertheless, wine publications have a tendency to declare a new “wine darling” seemingly every year. From Gruner Veltliner to the rebirth of Riesling, or the rise of Spain to the fall of Australia, wine fashions ebb and flow with the tide of sommelier fancy and corporate marketing. For the last few months, I’ve been noting that more and more publications have been talking about Greece. So, when the “All About Greek Wines” tour (sponsored by thirty-one producers to promote Greek wines in North America) came to San Francisco in April, the time seemed ripe to check out what the latest media starlet had to offer.