GREAT WINES FROM GREECE!
Domaine Spiropoulos Moschofilero PDO Mantinia 2015 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: GREECE/ Region: PELOPONNESE / Appellation: PDO MANTINIA / Varietal(s): MOSCHOFILERO --- Domaine Spiropoulos was established in 1870, and today is a leader in organic wine production, a growing sector in Greek viticulture. The domaine comprises two wineries in the Peloponnese region – one near the ancient oracle of Mantinia and one in Nemea. Mantinia Winery is located 650 meters above sea level in Arcadia, in the 'Polyampelos Mantinia', just a few hundred meters from the walls, market, and theater of the ancient city. In the 1970s, the Spiropoulos family replanted their vineyards with younger vines, as well as creating an experimental vineyard to save local grape varieties that were nearing extinction. This complex, compelling white is made from the moschofilero grape, a native Greek varietal that here is produced exclusively from Spiropoulos's family-owned organic vineyards. Bright and distinctive, moschofilero bursts with aromas of roses, lemon blossom, and bergamot, with chalky minerality and a delicate savory quality on the palate. Refreshing acidity on the finish makes this a great match with lighter spring fare like spring pea salad with radish and goat cheese.
Gentilini Robola PDO Robola 2015
Country: GREECE / Region: CEPHALONIA / Appellation: PDO ROBOLA / Varietal(s): ROBOLA --- The Gentilini Winery was founded in 1978 by the Cosmetatos family. The family originated in Este, a town near Padua, Italy. In 1593, the Venetian Senate commissioned Marino Gentilini to build the extensive forts of Assos in Cephalonia, and he ended up settling on the island permanently. Today, Spiro-Nicholas Cosmetatos, a descendant of the Gentilini family, heads the winemaking operations. Having studied winemaking at the Wine Institute of Stellenbosch, South Africa, upon completion of his studies, he decided to return to Cephalonia and begin producing world-class wines in Greece. This new white is a truly one-of-a-kind find: made entirely from robola, an increasingly rare, ungrafted, noble grape variety (not related to ribolla gialla). Unoaked, and sourced from the high altitude (500 meters) slopes of Mount Ainos ("Black Mountain"), it is a terrific white for spring and summer: fresh, fragrant, and lively! An expressive nose of minerals and sunny orange blossom turns to intense citrus flavors with hints of dried peach and pear and melon rind that dance across the palate. Complex, crisp, and balanced, this displays a vivacious character and persistant finish that beg to be paired with seafood; try it with fried smelts with lemon sauce.
Siatista Winery Xinomavro "Dio Fili" Macedonia 2011
Country: GREECE/ Region: MACEDONIA / Appellation: MACEDONIA / Varietal(s): XINOMAVRO --- The grape behind this refreshing cuvée is xinomavro ("acid and black" in Greek), a rare red grape native to Northwestern Greece. Dio Fili Estate ("Diofili" translates as "two friends") is the collaboration between John Polyzos and legendary winemaker Yannis Boutaris. Boutaris discovered the potential of this region when purchasing grapes for the Boutari Company, and after purchasing fruit from John and his wife Georgia for many years, a business partnership formed. Dio Fili is located in Siatista, a town located in the western Macedonia region just off the Egnantia Odos. This area is unique for its high elevation (900 meters) vineyards, and particularly for its old xynomavro vines that range from 70-115 years in age. Formerly a hub of the fur trade, Siatista is now gaining a well-deserved reputation for fantastic xinomavro. Here, the high elevation, cooler climate, and rocky limestone soils all combine to produce a vibrant, full-bodied red. Intense black and red berry fruit and complex notes of forest floor, earth, and black olives are supported by moderate tannins, vivacious acidity, and delicate mineral notes on a lingering finish. Open this with lamb meatballs with tzatziki sauce, or wild mushroom risotto.