Archive for May 19th, 2012
This week I participated in a Greek Wine live tasting. I get more invitations now to live tastings then I can possibly attend, or want to, so unless they are compelling wines, or a theme, I generally decline.
This one was generally well done (alth
ough little two way interaction) with the best video of a live tasting, yet. I could have easily spent two hours in this session – 6 wines in an hour is a bit of a fast pace. Nonetheless it was educational, and the 3 white wines and one Rosé stood out. There were two reds as well, but the whites were simply stunning, and my focus of this article.
The “New Wines of Greece” website is very well done, and an excellent resource.
Stunning Wines of Place
If you have read this blog for any time, you know I am passionate about interesting, unique wines of balance and subtle complexity. I was bowled over by these white wines – 12-13% alcohol, but full bodied, complex, ripe. Greece is very hot country with lots of sun, it seems we’d find more ‘new world’ higher alcohol coming from the region.
Instead, between native varietals that seemed to have adapted over hundreds, if not thousands of years, very old vines, and the Terroir of ocean influence, the region produces these stunning, balanced, phenolically ripe, complex wines.
I have always wanted to visit Greece, having been an enthusiast of Greek culture and literature as a child. Now
with my life about all things wine, I’d love to go tour the lands that brought this lifestyle changing beverage to the world.
2010 Tselepos Moschofilero – Greece, Peloponnisos, Mantinia
100% Moschofilero. 12.5%
- To The Eye: Pale yellow color.
- On The Nose: A floral nose reminiscent of Moscato and Viognier: Orange Blossom, Floral, Peach and Stone Fruits.
- In The Mouth: More Sauvignon Blanc like, crisp and bright, Bright white peach, lemon. Some minerality and nice weight, despite the acidity, mid palate.
Clean lingering wonderful finish. A great aperitif wine.
- Acidity: pH: 3.17 TA: .615
2011 Santo Wines Assyrtiko Santorini – Greece, Aegean, Santorini
A dense, viscous white wine made from Assyrtiko. 13.5% alc. $20
- To The Eye: Pale straw yellow color.
- On The Nose: Nose of citrus, lemon zest, orange blossom.
- In The Mouth: Stone fruit, Meyer lemon, minerality. An amazing, lingering finish and acidity.
- Acidity: pH3.1 TA .60
Love, and recommend. Pair with a variety of dishes, will stand up to many food types.
2010 Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia – Greece, Macedonia, Epanomi
- To The Eye: Medium yellow color.
- On The Nose: Nose of white flower, stone fruit, peach.
- In The Mouth: Viscous texture in the mouth that goes wonderfully with the high acidity. Full bodied ripe fruit in the mouth. Over night skin contact clearly adds a great aspect to this wine, as well as partial oak barrel fermentation.
- pH 3.62 TA .52
Great value, complex wine. Acid hounds and white geeks will love this wine.
2011 Gaia Estate Agiorgitiko 14-18h – Greece, Peloponnisos, Nemea
Perfect overlap of the Wines of Greece tasting with my May Rosé’ panel/series, as I am halfway through 60+ Rosé wines.
13% alc $15
- To The Eye: Color is a vibrant light to medium pink.
- On The Nose: Expressive Nose of Watermelon, Strawberry, Hint of Wet Stone
- In The Mouth: Bright but not overwhelming acidity that makes this an easy quaffer. A fun picnic right on your tastebuds with watermelon Jolly Rancher, fresh strawberry, some notes of minerality. A pleasing finish that makes you want more.
- Acidity: pH 3.37 TA .61
A wonderful Rosé that will delight almost any wine drinker with half a palate, your wine geek friends will go ‘ooooo’ over a varietal they have never had.
All of these wines are a great value, under $20. I encourage you to branch out, and try some Greek wine at your local wine shop or restaurant.