TN: Three from Greece...(short/boring)

Inspired by Eric’s article last week, I ventured astray into Greece this weekend:

  1. Estate Argyros atlantis IGP: Cyclades (90% Assyrtiko/5% Athiri/5% Aidani; 13%) Episkopi/Santorini 2017: Med.light yellow color; some bubbles agglomerate around the edge of the glass; very fragrant floral/citric/grapefruity/spicy/carnations slight mineral/saline/steely lovely perfumed almost Muscat-like nose; quite tart/tangy/steely saline very floral/carnations/citric/spicy light mineral/saline flavor; very long/lingering quite floral/carnations/citric/lemony/lime curd quite tart/racy/zippy some saline/mineral/steely/chalky finish; a really bright/bracing quite perfumed white at a great price; the aromatics remind a lot of Malvasia Istriana. $22.00 (KK)

  1. Monograph by Gaia Moschofilero IGP: Peloponnese (12.0%; www.GaiaWines.Gr; Winebow) Koutsi/Korinthos 2017: Med.light yellow color; very tiny bubbles/dissolved CO2 that agglomerate; quite fragrant citric/grapefruit/pineapple/spicy very perfumed/aromatic almost Muscat-like light stony/metallic nose; lightly tart some spritz/dissolved CO2 rather citric/grapefruity/pineapple/floral/spicy light mineral/metallic bit lean/tight flavor; long rather tart bit spritz/dissolved CO2 floral/grapefruity/citric/spicy finish; a very pretty perfumed white at a great price. $13.50 (KK)

  1. Monograph by Gaia Agiorgitiko (13.0%) Koutsi/Kovinthos 2016: Med.dark color; strong blackberry/blueberry/bit licorice light earthy/loamy fairly fragrant nose; fairly tart strong blackberry/blueberry/spicy rather earthy/loamy flavor w/ light tangy tannins; very long blackberry/blueberry/spicy rather earthy/loamy finish w/ light bitey tannins; quite a pleasant/tangy light-weight red much like a Sudtirol Lagrein but not as earthy/loamy as those; quite a tasty red at a great price. $13.50 (KK)

A wee BloodyPulpit:

  1. I’ve tried a number of Greek wines on&off over the yrs and found that I like them pretty much. I need to have a more focused attack on these wines. Including a good Retsina.
    Asimov’s article:

Thanks for the notes, Tom. I think Assyrtiko and Moschofilero may have a future in California since they seem to retain good acidity even in warmer climates. I enjoyed the ones from New Clairvaux in northern Sacramento Valley (the first commercial planting of those two varieties in California) and Los Pilares is planning to plant both varieties at a higher-altitude site in San Diego County.

Shhhhhh, Ken…don’t let Bryan get wind of this!! [snort.gif]
Not had the New Clarivaux Greeks yet.

Darrell Corti in Sacramento carries them so you should be able to pick some up next time you’re in that neck of the woods.