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Greece

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Greece has slowly crept onto the wine scene, exciting consumers and wine geeks around the world. Indigenous varietals, organic sustainable farming, and of course, highly educated, talented winemakers create these exciting wines. We have visited these estates, tasted their wines, and selected only a small number to import.

Whites - Bright, fresh, clean, pure, wines. The richer ones still have acidity and freshness and they are not overwhelming, instead, thirst-quenching. Some whites are reminiscent of white Burgundy.

  • Assyrtiko (ah-sir-tee-ko)
  • Malagousia (mah-la-goo-see-ah)
  • Moscofilero (mos-ko-fi-ler-oh)
  • Roditis (ro-dee-tis)
  • Savatiano (sa-va-tea-ano)

Reds - Expect wines that work with food, dance on you palate, and make you say OPA! If you have traveled to Greece, these wines will take you back there, putting a smile on your face.

  • Xinomavro (zhee-no-mav-ro) 
  • Agiorgitiko (ah-your-yeek-tee-ko)
  • Limnio (Le-me-no)
  • Mavroudi (ma-vro-udi) 
  • Mavrotragano (ma-vro -tra-gano)

Boutari 2013 Naoussa Grande Reserve 750ml

$34.70

The 2012 Grande Reserve is a Xinomavro aged for 24 months in used French oak and comes in at 13% alcohol. Why trade up from the regular Naoussa? This has far more concentration, riper fruit, better focus and much more intensity. For Xinomavro, though,...

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Domaine Tselepos 2016 Mantinia White 750ml

$32.08

John's take: "Should read "Domaine Tselepos Moscofilero, Mantinia." Citrus, Lemon, white flowers and a long, long finish." Selected vineyards from the communes of Rizes, Lithovounia and Agiorgitika (Arcadia, Greece). The continental climatic conditions...

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Argyros 2018 Estate Santorini Assyrtiko 750ml

$67.74

Estate Argyros is a single varietal wine from our heritage grape. The 80% ferments separately in stainless steel vats, while the other 20% ferments and ages for 6 months in French oak barrels. The discrete touch of the wood, highlights the earthy...

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Alpha Estate 2017 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard 750ml

$33.83

The 2017 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard was aged for 12 months in an equal mixture of used and new French barriques. It comes in at 13.8% alcohol. Always a great value in the lineup, and very consistent, this provides earthy complexity, power and a bright...

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Domaine Hatzimichalis 2014 Alfega Erythros Red 750ml

$30.34

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc from selected privately owned sub-mountainous vineyards of Domaine Hatzimichalis in the Atalanti Valley.  Each variety is vinified separately with the technique of classic red vinification. It aged for...

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Domaine Skouras 2018 Moscofilero 750ml

$30.34

The 2018 Moscofilero (as Skouras spells it) comes in with four grams of residual sugar, 6.6 grams of total acidity and 12% alcohol. George Skouras called this a rainy vintage (which he sought to combat in various ways described in the producer note this...

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Domaine Tselepos 2016 Blanc de Gris 750ml

$34.69

John's take: Moscofilero that was aged in barrels for three months. Honey, rose, quite rich and seductive. The 2016 Moschofilero Blanc de Gris, the winery's Moscho with some wood (three months, new French oak), is actually mostly (90%) the...

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Alpha Estate 2014 SMX 750ml

$43.39

The 2014 Estate S.M.X. is a blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Merlot and 20% Xinomavro, aged for 18 months in new French oak. It comes in at 13.9% alcohol. This is nicely done in a year that wasn't always easy. Showing some earthiness, freshness and bite on the...

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Boutari 2017 Nemea 750ml

$20.78

After several studies on the potential of the noblest red variety, Agiorgitiko, and the unique microclimate of Nemea, the Boutari Company created a wine with a dynamic richness, which fully expresses the terroir of the region. Deep ruby red colour...

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Argyros 2017 Assyrtiko Cuvee Monsignori 750ml

$78.17

Cuvee Monsignori is the latest creation of Estate Argyros that ideally portrays the characteristics of the unique terroir of Santorini. It is produced with the vines of the vineyard of Episkopi – the oldest of Santorini – which has been...

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Argyros 2012 Vinsanto 500ml

$86.86

Vinsanto is a naturally sweet wine, made only with sun-dried white grapes. Vinsanto 4 years barrels aged is a blend of 80% Assyrtiko, 10% Aidani and 10% Athiri. Honey colored, with flavors of dried fruits, apricot, orange zest and herbs. Balanced...

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Tsantali 2016 Rapsani Reserve 750ml

$30.34

Ruby red color. Aromas of juicy blackberries and plums with elegant notes of spices, leather and licorice. The palate is round and rich with balanced acidity and lingering tannins. Medium to long finish. --Winemaker

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