It’s hard to find Greek wines at most wine retailers, but definitely worth a try, if you can find it! But, if you’re looking to try unfamiliar grape varietals, then, this is a good country to get your wine geek on! Plus, they’re food friendly and lower in alcohol.
Here’s one to try: 2013 Argyros Atlantis Red, Mandilaria-Mavrotragano, Santorini
90% Mandilaria, 10% Mavrotragano, indigenous grape varietals from Greece.
Mandilaria is a red grape, most commonly grown on the Greek island of Rhodes, in the Aegean Sea. It’s also grown on the mainland and other Greek islands, where it is known by various names, including Mantilari, and Mandelaria. Mandilaria grapes have thick skins full of polyphenols, most notably tannins and anthocyanins. Wines made from this variety only very rarely, exceed 13 percent alcohol and are typically lighter bodied. It is for precisely this reason, that Mandilaria is most often used in blends.
Vinification: Typical red vinification, ageing in French oak barrels for 6 months Alcohol: 12.5% vol. Total acidity: 6g/l. Ageing capacity: 8-10 years.
The Nose: The Argyros is scented with lovely berry and rose notes.
The Palate: It’s fresh and fruity, with red cherry and raspberries. It’s juicy, with low tannins, and alcohol, less than 13 percent, making it very easy to drink.
The Pairing: This wine could easily go with fish or pork, depending on the preparation, along with pastas with a bright red sauce.
This wine, and as well as other Greek wines, and wines from around the world can be found at World of Wines, in Redmond Washington. They feature three wine tasting a week, each based around a theme of region, producer, or varietal. They also have an Enomatic and Coravin wine preservation systems, and offer a wide selection of wines by the taste or the glass for you to explore, every day.
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