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Douloufakis Dafnios White 2017

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  • RP90
750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Vidiano is an ancient Cretan grape variety which was fading into extinction before being revived by young winemakers like Nikolas and the Alexakis brothers. Dafnios refers to the laurel trees which are common in the region.

Pale golden color. Medium intensity aromas of yellow and citrus fruits, which are combined with little more intense aromas of chamomile, jasmine, and spices. Full and rich flavor presenting the tasting characteristics of apricot and flowers. Very pleasant, balanced acidity and fine finish.

Should be served at a temperature of 48-50°F; it would be a fine accompaniment to some fish, like sole "meunière", John Dory, grilled mackerel, and weakfish. It would also accompany pork with celery, the traditional Cretan pork with leeks, lamb "fricassée" with lettuce. It would also make an ideal companion to chickpeas soup with lemon sauce or salad of boiled chickpeas with herbs.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Vidiano Dafnios is unoaked and comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Vidiano on Crete is definitely becoming "a thing" at this point. The train's already left the station. There's no rush, though. I've saved room for you on board. This fine bargain is precise and crisp, with a fruity edge that always turns dry. It's not even a little bit fat or sweet. It's very elegant. Fresh, lifted, precise and lovely, this is pretty hard to resist now, but I won't be surprised if it improves for a couple of years and lasts well for several years after that. Let's be conservative at the moment, but it should hold nicely. It still drinks well now.
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Douloufakis, Greece
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Douloufakis Winery is widely recognized in Greece for its excellence in traditional winemaking -- with a focus on the future.

In 1930, Dimitris Douloufakis became one of the first winemakers in Crete to produce wines professionally in his traditional, old winery. A consistent award winner, Dimitris’s grandson, Nikolas, now runs the winery carrying on his grandfather’s traditional practices, but with modern equipment in a new facility.

The privately owned vineyards are certified 100% organic and span over 70 acres reaching 1,800 feet elevation in Dafnes, a village close to Iraklio. This region has a long history in viticulture and also has been established as a Protected Designation of Origin for Liatiko wines. In addition to the natural choice of Liatiko, Nikolas grows other indigenous varieties such as Kotsifali, Vilana, Vidiano, along with other international varieties such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.

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As one of Greece’s largest island’s, its wines enjoyed high glory during the Middle Ages. Today Crete is full of ambitious winemakers with the city of Heraklion as its viticultural hub.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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