I’m cooking Lamb Chops with olive oil, lemon, garlic and other sundry Mediterranean spices so I figured a Greek wine would pair nicely. I have never tried Agiorgitiko before and am looking forward to this pale ruby colored wine that carries a relatively light 13% ABV. The nose has some interesting spices- nutmeg, crushed black pepper and cinnamon. Red fruit notes from pomegranate, red plum and black cherry try to compete for space but the spices dominate. Some oak is present but very faint. On the palate this wine has sweet fruit and the obvious spices. It’s a dry wine (ie. no residual sugar) that has really smooth, integrated tannins that balance nicely with juicy acidity. Medium (-) body and a svelte finish that is medium in length makes for a delightful mouthfeel. If this is what the varietal is like I am thinking of many possible pairings. Not a blockbuster but well made and enjoyable in the near term. Drink with grilled meat, rich pasta dishes or some charcuterie. 89 points and for $15- 4 stars. Salut….
Kicking off the 9th Virtual Wine tasting was this Greek wine. I have never tried Assyrtiko before and was very intrigued. As usual, we tasted both room temperature and then chilled versions of the same bottle. The nose gave us honeysuckle, cedar, citrus, pear and rose water. I personally found the wine to be very floral, aromatic and buttery with hints of persimmon. The palate was honeyed with some lemon, pear, melon and pepper notes all being reported by the group. To me it continued that floral, aromatic angle and had a touch of acidity but was also a smidge sweet.
The chilled version was much more muted on the nose and the palate. Members noted cat pee, lemon, squash blossoms, Pez candy and florals. I added Passion fruit to my descriptors. It was much better at room temperature where the flavors were abundant but I did enjoy the chilled version and would certainly serve it that way with some seafood, a salad Niçoise or some charcuterie. Overall this $16 wine is worthy of 90 points and 4 stars. Salut….