Friday, May 30, 2014

Greek Wine Class - List and Reviews

Wines of Greece Class
June 4, 2014   7 to 9pm
$35 per person
Call to reserve your spot(s) 203-259-4692

****    WHITE   ****
Muses Estate 9  2013  --  Thivaikos
Assyrtiko 50%, Trebianno 30%, Sauvignon Blanc 20%

Skouras Moscofilero 2013  --  Peloponnese              (vintages 2010 to 2012 rate 88-90 pts)

Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko  2013  --  Santorini        (vintages 2006 to 2012 rate 90-93 pts)

****    ROSE     ****
Kir-Yianni Akakies Rosé 2013  --  Naoussa                (Grade A-  from and  Xinomavro                                                                        89 pts from Greek Wine Portal)

****    RED     ****
Kir-Yanni “Ramnista” Xinomavro 2010  --  Naoussa     (“reminiscent of classic Nebbiolo” and
                                                                                                vintages 2006 to 2009 rate 89-91)

Alpha Estate Axia 2010  --  Amyndeon                    (vintages 2007 to 2010 rate 88-91 pts)
Xinomavro 60% and Syrah 40% 
. . . .This has increasingly been the nicest value point in the red lineup. This may be its best iteration yet, if you are a fan of bright and earthy wines. Call it a poor man’s Barbaresco. From the first sip, it projects an earthy nose (the Syrah ascendant), ending with a crisp, mouthwatering and focused finish (credit the Xinomavro). Once past the nose, the Xinomavro seems quite dominant here, given the wine’s juicy finish and high acidity. It has a backbone, but it is nicely controlled and not overbearing, so it can be approached young. It should hold awhile, though, as it demonstrates the ability to improve over a couple of hours, getting better balanced and projecting more depth and harmony. . . .   Wine Advocate, 91 pts

Monemvasia Winery Agiorgitiko 2008 --  Peloponnese (Master of Wine Derek Smedley, 89 pts)

****    DESSERT     ****
Kourtaki Mavrodaphne  N.V.  --  Patras
Butter, maple and plum compote flavors fill this with plenty of supple sweetness. The fresh finish offers milk chocolate notes and plenty of spice.  Wine Spectator, 88 pts

 A sampling of recent accolades about Greek wine: 

Noted wine critic of Forbes magazine, Katy Kelly Bell, recently wrote, "Greek wines are some of the world’s most elegant and interesting. Any wine lover should take a chance on stumbling over a word or two for the delicious rewards in Greek wine.”

Alder Yarrow, award winning Vinography blogger proclaims, “We should all be drinking more Greek wine. Why? Because the best Greek wines offer incredible unique flavors, often at fantastic prices, thanks to being relatively unknown even to more serious wine lovers.”

Wine & Spirits magazine, managing editor Tara Q. Thomas states, "But ignoring Naoussa is folly: Never has the region’s wine scene been so exciting. Between the new players that have entered the field and the established producers refining their approach, Naoussa is at a crossroads redefining itself.”

Also, TripAdvisor just named Greece as one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world. “If you love wine, when you go to Greece, a visit to the Naoussa region should be on the top of your list of places to visit.”

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