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Argyros Mavrotragano 2012 750ml
SKU 768865
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Argyros Mavrotragano 2012

Santorini - Cyclades - Greece

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Mavrotragano was aged for 12 months in 500-liter French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Santorini provides an awesome number of values in its white wines, but the trend of producing Mavrotragano has not led to the same good pricing in reds. The quantities are usually small, for one thing, and the reds are relatively rare. The wines, happily, have been increasingly impressive and Argyros is certainly of the best producers. It is easy to see how they are gaining sophistication and becoming worthy of some bucks. Sourced from vines averaging 20-30 years of age, this has silky texture, impeccable balance and a very graceful presentation. Just like its 2011 predecessor, there is simply a feeling of old school finesse and refinement here. You taste it and you begin thinking of some of the world's greats. Finishing with flavor and increasing grip, it does need to pull in some oak and replace it with complexity. It should do that. The oak is not overly intrusive even now. I held it open for 90 minutes and the oak blew off while the wine demonstrated more grip on the finish in its very classy and understated way. This has all the earmarks--although not quite the same flavor profile--of fine Bordeaux. The longer it sat and aired out, the better it got. A year or two in the cellar wouldn't hurt, but it is approachable. The final question it will have to answer in the cellar: will it hold gracefully for a reasonable time? I think it will.

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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Country: Greece

As one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world, Greece has millenia of experience and expertise when it comes to viticulture, and has developed a set of flavors and characteristics which are found nowhere else on earth. The ancient Greeks revered and deified wine, and were the first true innovators in the history of wine, adding everything from seawater to honey and spices in order to find exciting new taste combinations and aromas. Today, Greek wines are just as varied, although far more refined and sophisticated than their ancient counterparts. The practice of enhancing Greek wines with aromatic substances never left the country, though, as can be seen in the popular Retsina wines, which use pine resin to provide their unique taste and aroma combinations. There is far more to Greek wine than merely Retsina, however, and the vast variety on offer is a testament to the expertise of Greek wineries making the most of the wonderful climate, terrain and grape varietals they work with.