100% Agiorgitiko from Nemea, Greece.
SRP of $28 and available for as low as $23. Sample received courtesy New Wines of Greece for review purposes.
From the bottle:
“This 100% Aghiorgitko (St. George) is sourced from a single vineyard block in the most extreme location with in the appellation of Nemea. This vineyard is situated at 1050 metres (3465 ft) of elevation making it one of the highest red wine vineyards in all of Europe. This “extreme” wine is very limited in production and exhibits a huge red fruit profile and intense color and body. Grande cuvee is a wine that can be cellared for years to come but built to enjoy at release as well. We at Domaine Skouras believe that this wine shows the true essence of what Aghiorgitko can be in true mountain conditions. 1000 cases produced.
Today, much like a number of other Greek wines we’ve tried recently, we have another delicious offering. To recap, the excellent Greek wine we’ve tried in the last few weeks includes the the GAIA 14-18h Agiorgitiko Rosé 2011 – Go To The Greek and the Grande Reserve Naoussa Boutari 2007 – A Dignified and Delicious Saturday Splurge. Today’s wine is most similar to the last in that it is another age-worthy red you might not be expecting from Greece.
The 2007 Domaine Skouras Grande Cuvee Nemea begins with wonderful aromas of red cherry, raspberry and vanilla. Tasting this really smooth and savory wine shows great fruit flavors of raspberry and black cherry. There is definitely some oak influence due to spending 12 months in 100% new French oak, but it does not overpower. It ends with a wonderful, long, slow developing finish with good spice and even a little minerality. Really delicious.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.