Aroma: Blackberry, cassis, black cherry and blueberry in a somewhat stiff format.
Palate: The tannins creep up on you with this wine. The fruit is there but wound up in a tight boundary giving the impression of either a young or stylistically austere wine. Almost a juicy streak of red cherries bubbling up threatening to break loose. There is a lightheartedness to the wine if you “taste deep”. Hence a chameleon characteristic.
Personality: I am or perhaps I think I am a ramrod British officer in East Berlin. But get me to the British Officer’s Club and after a few gin and tonics I have a slightly different personality.
Food Match: A “Holy Ghost” Azorean beef dish with bread soaked in broth. Or if in the Greek mood a Pourgouri Pilaf.
Cellarability: Will improve by softening into 2024. Hold until 2025.
Price: $19.95 (Ontario).
In a nutshell: Well put together this is a firm wine that will with a bit of age soften up and drink beautifully but until then a foodie wine.
RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 91/100. Decanter World Wine Awards (2021) 91.
(Neméa Agiorgitiko 2019, PDO Neméa, Lantides Winery, Neméa, Greece, 750 mL, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 10874)