Once a year we like to showcase the modern wine industry of Greece, focusing on new arrivals and new vintages of others we have carried in the past. This Saturday we will be tasting the wines of three producers that are making great strides among Greek winemakers. Armed with degrees from prestigious viticulture and oenology schools in California and in France, the young winemakers are bringing up the quality levels that can compete in the world arena. Our varietals today are all of Greek origin and familiar to those who travel there.
2013 Spiropoulos Ode Panos Sparkling Wine, Mantinia
List price 20.00; Our price 18.99
What was once a non-vintage white sparkling wine made solely from the Moschofilero grape, is now a vintage product from Mantinia. The sparkling wine is produced according to the Charmat Method, with the second fermentation lasting approximately 60 days. The final product is a pale yellow color with lasting bubbles. It has concentrated aromatic flavors of apples and bananas on the nose and palate. The wine has a clean and crisp medium finish offering flexibility of use in many ways.
2014 Spiropoulos Orino White Wine, Peloponnese
List price 15.00; Our price 12.95
Careful cultivation, harvesting and processing of the Moschofilero and Roditis grapes from upland vineyards in the Peloponnese region result in a unique and richly characteristic product. The wine is very aromatic, with notes of rose on the palate and the subtle fruitiness of green apple, peach and banana flavors. The blend is Moschofilero (65%) and Roditis (35%).
2015 Skouras “Salto” Moschofilero
List price 19.00; Our price 16.50
This “Wild Yeast” wine from the Peloponnese offers great value for the money. It is a traditional Moschofilero made very traditionally, with the wild yeast that comes in from the vineyard. The wine reflects the nature of the grape with a pronounced mineral-driven character. It is refreshing, with good balancing acidity. Look for hints of jasmine tea and mint as you test the bouquet.
2015 Santo Assyrtiko, Santorini
List price 20.00; Our price 17.99
This lovely wine from the island of Santorini was given a 90-point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: “Crisp acidity and a gorgeous, aromatic nose lead on this elegant white. Though mineral-driven, it offers generous white peach and grapefruit flavors that will pair well with fuller-bodied fish. Impressive and versatile.”
2013 Skouras Saint George Nemea
List price 18.00; Our price 14.99
Saint George (in Greek, Agiorgitiko) is the most planted red wine grape in Greece. The wine has enticing aromatics and is bold in its oak and fruit flavors. There is good structure leading to a bright, persistent finish. It was aged in second-use French oak for 12 months and will not overwhelm typical Easter fare.
2011 Spiropoulos Red Stag, Nemea
List price 18.00; Our price 16.50
The Red Stag shows a complex vanilla and toasted wood up front in the nose along with lovely berry aromas. This character is very much a part of the taste of the taste of the wine given the perfect balance of dark berry fruits, vanilla and toast. It is encapsulated with soft tannins that lead to a long finish.
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