Greece has been producing indigenous red varieties like Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro for centuries, but recently, winemakers have married the spicy, exotic character of these native grapes with more globally popular varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. The results are elegant, ageable, and a great way to get discerning wine lovers excited about what Greek wine has to offer.
91 Domaine Mercouri 2007 Cava Dry (Letrina). Blackberry, plum and savory meat aromas give this red an earthy, visceral appeal. On the palate, bright fruit, acidity and brooding spice strike a delicious balance: think smoke, clove, and leather in character. Athenee Importers.
abv: 14% Price: $50
89 Zacharias 2009 Black Cubed (Peloponnese). Crushed herb, rose petal, forest floor and red berry aromas immediately set this red apart. On the palate, it’s more modern in style, with black cherry and berry flavors, and notes of tobacco and cigar box to balance, ending with a fresh finish. Stellar Importing Company, LLC.
abv: 13% Price: $20
88 Skouras 2008 Megas Oenos (Peloponnese). With raspberry and vanilla notes and a pretty finish of cherry, this is a full and friendly red that should pair with everything from casual burgers to beef Bourgogne. Diamond Importers Inc.
abv: 13.5% Price: $26
88 Kir-Yianni 2007 Dyo Elies (Naoussa). This wine has a sultry nose of plum, anise, red berry and tobacco. On the palate, it offers a full, ripe fruit character, with an overall easy-going
berry-and-spice combination. A balanced red blend with widespread appeal. VOS Selections.
abv: 14.5% Price: $40
87 Estate Biblia Chora 2006 Ovilos (Pangeon). The Ovilos starts with aromas of rich blackberry, cedar and vanilla, and on the palate, offers a rustic, masculine edge. Lots of texture and tannin here, with layers of tobacco, leather and cedar flavors. It could age, or be paired nicely now with a grilled steak. Cava Spiliadis.
abv: 14% Price: $55