Roll With This Grecian Red

Roll With This Grecian Red

A delicate, fragrant red from Greece

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The ancient vineyards of Greece still have secrets to tell. The area of Corinthia, Nemea, with vineyards 3,400 feet in elevation, produces a refined, delicate red that seduces you throughout the evening. To me, the wine suggests an imaginary Nebbiolo/Pinot Noir amalgam in all of its subtlety and complexity. The grape is Aghiorghitiko, not an easy name to roll off one’s tongue – unless you are a savvy Greek!

2012 Grande Cuvée Nemea, Domaine Skouras $30 srp

Translucent, ruby red color. A floral, windswept nose of “unique” fruit essences, suggesting wild cherry, mushroom and exotic mountain berries. Deeply fragrant but neither heavy nor obvious. Flavors are barely medium-bodied, with a lightness that is beguiling. Somewhat like a mountain Nebbiolo, (think Carema or Donnas) with delicate fruit and dried herbal and spice elements that pile on layers of warmth and complexity. With great purity overall, the wine seduces in the manner of a fine Côte d’Or Burgundy. And, like “Old Man River,” it just keeps rolling along. Drink now-2020.

93/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.