2013Tetramythos2013 Tetramythos, Agiorgitiko, Peloponnese Red, Greece.
The Tetramythos Agiorgitiko is an impressive red wine that delivers fresh intensity, savory spiciness and deep fruit, it comes from high elevation and it has an interesting cool climate character, it isn’t unlike Austrian reds, it has a mouth feel and quality that reminds you a bit of Blaufrankisch or St. Laurent! This interesting Greek red shows blue and red fruits on the palate with a hint of aromatic floral perfume and mineral spice, it has a creamy texture with refined tannins and juicy acidity, it all flows together nicely from start to finish making for a detailed and complex wine. The main profiles of fruit in the mouth are red plum, blueberry, cherry and black raspberry with a hint of dried currant, baking spices and black olive. Agiorgitiko is the most widely planted red varietal in Greece, it is also known as St. George, and it is usually blended, most often with Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a difficult grape to grow well as it is prone to need water and is sensitive to many vine problems. The best areas for Agiorgitiko are areas with altitude and cooling influences, it is a late ripening grape and takes constant thinning and care to produce it’s best flavors, so this Tetramythos is what it looks like when done well and deserves praise and attention. When drunk with grilled meat and or with Middle-Eastern cuisine this charming red comes alive and exotic spices and fuller bodied character comes out, it is without question one of the more pleasing Agiorgitikos I’ve ever had, drink this fun red over the next 2 to 3 years.
($14 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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