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Gaia Agiorgitiko 2015

Other Red Wine from Nemea, Greece
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  • RP90
0% ABV
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3.4 6 Ratings
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Winemaker Notes

This is a well-structured wine with intense ripe fruit aromas and well-integrated oak flavors. Under proper cellar conditions, it can be aged 2-4 years after release evolving into a velvety and more composite wine.

This wine pairs best with red meat dishes that are rich, intense and spicy.

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W&S 94
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Despite the challenging vintage, this was the best Nemea we tasted this year, free of excessive ripeness and oak influence, filled instead with a complex, heady array of fruit, spice, herb and forest aromas -- a sort of Greek garrigue. The grapes, grown in the cool, sunny heights of Koutsi, ripened ten days earlier than those in the valley, coming in well before September's rain; twelve monts in oak, only ten percent new, smoothed and lengthened the tannins without adding any noticeable flavor. The end result is firm and savory, a wealth of stony minerality underpinning the cherry flavors. Approachable now, this will continue to age well over the next decade.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Agiorgitiko was aged for 12 months in an 85/15 mixture of American and French oak (only 5% new). Sourced from 15-year-old vines, this "regular" Agiorgitiko can be a fine wine in its own right. This year seems like one of the best in the brand. If you're thinking this grape produces only simple, fruity wines, then here's evidence to the contrary. This won't have the depth of the Estate red, to be sure, but it is nicely structured, tight and shows fine mid-palate finesse. If you let it sit awhile (it needed a couple of hours when I first saw it), it shows that classic fragrance of strawberry and raspberry as fruit flavors come to the foreground, too. Tightly wound at the moment (although that will change in the near future), this is more of a food wine than one of those "simple sippers" that this grape can produce. It won't ever have the richness of the Estate bottling, but many will appreciate its greater elegance. It could really use a little more time in the cellar. It should age pretty well, if the mid-palate concentration keeps up with the structure.
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Gaia, Nemea, Greece
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GAIA WINES was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos.

Thalassitis, a Santorini A.O.C. white wine, inaugurated the company's first appearance, and quickly won a place in the Greek wine market. The 9,800 numbered bottles of Thalassitis in 1994, rapidly rose to more than 100,000 in 1999, all the while maintaining its commitment to quality.

In 1996 GAIA WINES acquired a private vineyard in Koutsi region of Nemea, along with a perfectly equipped winery of a total capacity of 3.000hl.

Home of Greece’s famous and praise-worthy red variety, Agiorgitiko, Nemea is part of the Peloponnese.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red 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 and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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