Greek Wine Selections from Nestor Imports
The International Wine Review continues its focus on the wines of Greece with these reviews of the wines of Nestor Imports, a leading importer of Greek wines in the United States. Nestor Import’s portfolio includes the wines of Kourtakis winery, one of Greece’s largest wineries as well as those of boutique wineries like Chrisohoou. It also imports an interesting collection of wines from Cyprus. Nestor Imports is owned by Aristides and Kathy Spiliotopoulos and is based in New York.
Earlier this year, Publisher Mike Potashnik reviewed the wines of Domaine Costa Lazaridi which is also imported by Nestor Imports. These reviews may be found in the International Wine Review’s report on the Wines of Northern Greece. For that report, click here.
Chrisohoou 2001 Cava Chrisohoou Noussa ($25) 88
This is an attractive estate blend of Merlot and Xinomavro. Ruby garnet in color, it offers dried cherry aromas on the nose and palate. It is medium weight and reveals slightly dry tannins on the finish.
Chrisohoou 2003 Estate Chrisohoou Noussa ($19) 88
A 100% Xinomavro that displays a light garnet hue and dried dusty cherry and plum aromas and flavors. Although it spends 18 months in oak and two years in bottle before release, this wine is light-bodied and Pinot Noir-like in character with some tannic grip on the finish.
Greek Wine Cellars, D. Kourtakis 2008 Moscofilero Mantinia ($13) 87
This Moscofilero offers pleasant floral aromas with fresh melon and pear flavors on the palate. It is crisp and fresh with high acidity and a soft crisp finish. Easy to drink and enjoy.
Greek Wine Cellars, D. Kourtakis 2007 Kouros Patras Nemea ($12) 90
Pale straw. A lovely 100% Roditis offering sweet melon and white peach fruit on the nose. On the palate it exhibits light melon flavors and crisp acidity, finishing dry with lingering green melon fruit. Serve well chilled. A terrific wine for the price.
Greek Wine Cellars, D. Kourtakis 2005 Kouros Nemea ($12) 90
This 100% Agiorgitiko has a light-medium ruby hue and aromas of dried cherry. It is soft on the attack and silky smooth on the palate with dried cherry and plum flavors, spice, and pepper. Interesting and delicious. Another great wine for the price.
Greek Wine Cellars, D. Kourtakis Mavrodaphne of Patras ($12) 88
A delicious wine light garnet in color with aromas of dried cherry and yellow raisins. On the palate it is sweet and rich tasting with a honeyed mouth feel and touches of chocolate or mocca. Drink this as a desert wine or aperitif. Pair with creamy cheeses or chocolate.
Greek Wine Cellars, D. Kourtakis NV Muscat Samos ($13) 87
This Muscat a petits grains is a specialty of the Aegean island of Samos. Deep yellow gold in color it offers fruity aromas of dried apricot and nuts. It has a honeyed mouth feel with flavors of butterscotch and golden raisins. It is sweet on the finish with moderate acidity.
Panagia NV Alina Cyprus ($13) 86
This pale straw, semi-dry fresh tasting wine offers light floral aromas on the nose and a light fruit on the palate. Made of the indigenous Xinisteri grape, it is low in alcohol, light and sugary with tart acidity on the finish.
K&K Vasilikon 2007 Agios Onoufrios Paphos, Cyprus ($15) 86
An attractive field blend of indigenous and vinifera grapes such as Mavro, Ofthalmo, Mataro and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is semi-opaque ruby purple with aromas of ripe dark cherry and red plum fruit. On the palate it reveals more red and black fruit with earth, herbal spice and good acidity. Finishes with a camphor note.
Loel, Ltd NV Loel Commandaria Lemesos ($15) 91
This is a delicious dessert wine. Aged in oak barrels for a minimum of three years, it displays a rich mahogany color with aromas of dried dates. On the palate is ripe and sweet with lots of honey and brown sugar. A real treat.
Tsiakkas Vamvakada Cyprus ($18) 86
‘This wine is produced from the native grape Vamvakada, which is Cyprus’ principal red varietal. It displays a rustic character offering dried red and black fruit aromas and flavors and assertive dry tannins on the finish. It is a wine for drinking with meat and cheese.
Written by Don Winkler and Mike Potashnik, November 2009