Alexakis Syrah Kotsifali

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Size 750ML
Vintage 2009
Country Greece

Quick Overview

This wine comes from the large Greek island of Crete, which lies almost due south of the center of the Greek mainland. It’s made from Syrah (40%) and Kotsifali (60%), an indigenous grape in Crete. The Alexakis family members all work in the winery and vineyards; the family has been involved in winemaking there for many years. Today Alexakis is Crete’s largest privately-owned winery. Kotsifali makes wines that are aromatic, with full body, low acidity, and soft tannins, and light color (due to thin skins), sort of a more-scented version of Grenache. After fermentation, the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels (50% new) for 2 years. This particular blend is medium in color depth and body, with an attractive peppery-spicy aromatic quality that is reminiscent of red Cotes du Rhone wines. It has a strong enough personality that it matches nicely with Greek dishes, and also most of what we’d call the prime ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine: olives, peppers, lamb, pork, herbs, and don’t forget the garlic!

Alexakis Syrah Kotsifali

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