This past month we had the pleasure of being introduced to a beautiful portfolio of Greek wines. We were blown away with the quality and the diversity. This was no retsina that was poured in Greek town next to some flaming cheese. These are ancient varietals that have unique terroir from the rest of the World and now after generations of bulk grape farming for lack of better terms, the decedents of these vineyards have gone and trained in the most renown wine producing regions in the World and have returned to Greece to create and share beautiful wines unlike anywhere else. As you open these bottles, we encourage you to pair them with your regular life, the dinners you usually make, not with the mentality that Greek wine should be served with Greek food. These wines are dynamic and exciting. We look forward to exploring the region more and sharing it with you.
P. & E. Mullins
Kir-Yianni Akakies Sparkling Rosé
We love any occasion for bubbles and this time of year there seems to be more of those occasions, so we wanted to help you be prepared. One of the premier wine figures in Greece, Yiannis Boutaris, started Kir-Yianni winery in 1997. He has a reputation for producing elite Xinomavro (a native varietal to Greece) from the slopes of Mt. Vermio in Northwestern Greece. He now has passed on the winery to his son who continues in his footsteps of creating beautiful terroir driven wines showing what the high elevations of Greece can offer viticulturally. This wine is a beautiful festive color. The nose is full of aromas of strawberries. There is bright acidity and berry notes on the palate which balance the slight sweetness, the finish is long and lively.
2018 Alexakis Assyrtiko
The World is so small. When tasting the Alexakis family wine, it was shared that the one of the two brothers studied enology at Fresno State. Sure enough, he was there while Ellie’s brother Daniel was there as well. Dan remembered Apostolos (Toli for short) as quiet and a good student. Dan was not surprised in the least about the fact that he was now producing beautiful wines. Along with his brother Lazaros (who studied enology in Alba Italy) the boys literally grew up in the winery, they joined their father as winemakers and are now with the insight of their parents, their education and their talent they are now responsible for all the planning and production. All the wine is hand harvested and destemmed. They produce all the wine with only gravity. The free-run juice goes into stainless steel tanks and fermentation is done with ambient yeast (yeast that is already found in the winey/vineyard). In the glass it is a bright yellow color with green hues. There are tropical aromas on the nose, notes of passion fruit, mango and citrus. The palate has a crispy acidity and nice minerality. Only 1200 cases produced.
2015 Domaine Karydas Xinomavro
Naoussa Macedonia Greece
This beautiful red is made of the xinomavro grape variety native to Greece. The Karydas family (made up of father, mother and son) make only this one wine and they do it all by hand. The wine is hand bottled, hand corked, and even hand labeled in their home kitchen which lies in middle of their vineyard along with their winery. It drinks like a young Barolo. In the glass it is a light ruby red color. The nose has hints of dark cherries, ripe strawberries and iron. Medium in body, the tannins are smooth and there is a bright acidity. You get notes of olive and tobacco on the palate. It’s very well-structured with a full mouth feel and a long lingering finish. Only 1000 cases produced