Achaia Clauss Mavrodaphne

Dessert from Greece

Item No. 27097
  • W&S88

Winemaker's Notes

A full-bodied red dessert wine that dates back to 1854, Mavrodaphne has a rich yet delicate taste and a Port style aroma with hints of coffee, toffee and rich, spicy nuts. Refined raisin and black cherry fruit flavors are layered with smoky, caramel tones.

Critical Acclaim

"This thick, purple mavrodaphne reserve has gone the way of a tawny Port, age simultaneously lightening and deepening its flavors. Now the fruit is more baked apple and apricot, while the freshness has turned to truffle, spice and deep caramel. Most remarkedly, the sweetness has mellowed considerably, giving plenty of ripe flavors while finishing light and clean."
88 Points

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awa54 - Middlebury, VT (read all my reviews)

Never having had this wine before I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd describe it as somewhere between a ruby Port, an Oloroso Sherry and desert Zinfandel. The first impression I get is a hint of smokiness, followed by dried fruit and then a rich/dry savory finish. I like the lighter body of this wine, not as heavy as any of the wines I compared it with and the sweetness is fairly subdued, especially since that sweetness is nicely balanced by the slightly tart acidity and earthy tannin that come on after the initial flavors. A very unique wine, probably not for everyone...but if you are looking for a new dessert/digestive offering, then it's well worth investigating. At $12 a bottle I rate it a very good value as well.
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This one has a strong raisen-like flavor to it. I was expecting something more like a port but was pleasantly surprised. The quality for the price is amazing and would definately keep this wine on hand.
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Achaia Clauss Wine Co. was founded by Gustav Clauss, a native Bavarian, who in 1854 decided to settle in Patras after a business trip to the region. He was so enthused with the beauty of Greece's natural landscape, especially of Patras, Achaia, which is located in the northwest Peloponnese. Hence, he built a castle and within its walls he made a wine factory. His first wine was...

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Greece Much of the wine drinking culture in Europe comes from the early Greek settlers. Home to Dionysus, the God of Wine, Greece has long touted the virtues of drinking wine. With over 400 indigenous varieties, you won't find many Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, although the grapes do grow here and are occasionally blended. The climate of Greece is good for...

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Other Dessert Beyond Port and Sherry, here are a few of our favorites: Sauternes - the golden wine of the Sauternes region in Bordeaux, these wines are made with botrytis-affected Semillon grapes and produce a rich, honeyed concoction with an amazing balance of sweetness and acidity. Don"t discount Sauternes' neighbor, Barsac, or even the region across the river,...

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