September was a chance to revisit the wines of Greece (the last time was in September 2012). Unfortunately, the result this time was similar to our first round, with the wines being generally underwhelming (the exception being the Assyrtiko). Our sample size was very small, with only four bottles, so this tasting was far from comprehensive.
Domaine Georges Skouras Moscofilero 2011 (Peoloponnese). Tasters detected scents of mint, apples, cinnamon, preserved lemons, capers, Band Aid, and anisette. Lemony in the mouth, (with the rind), plus whipping cream, green olives, and dry concrete. Not super interesting, but clean and with good acidity. Kind of basic for the price. Ali found "a funny sweet/salty thing" and felt it was "like a lemon cream, and then ocean". About $16.
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko 2014 (Santorini). Minerally nose, with aromas of acetone and Bazooka gum. More generous in the mouth, showing white peaches, charcoal, apples, and cream. Rich in body, with great balance and focus. Keeps your interest. Slight pleasant bitterness on the finish. About $23.
Arkas Red Stag Spiropoulous 2010 (Nemea). Red bell pepper, pine, cinnamon, lacquer, black cherry, licorice, and spent charcoal scents. Kind of candied, with a simple, fruity profile. Andy decided it was "like licking a burnt cork". Very little finish. Tasted kind of like a lame Cabernet Franc. Made from Agiorgitko. About $15.
Boutari 2009 (Naoussa). Made from Xinomavro, this exhibited a very funky nose, along with notions of acetone and plastic. Kristin felt that it "smells like fishy garbage". David gave it minor praise, finding it "actually kind of hearty" on the palate, with flavors of rust and black fruit. Kristin strongly disliked it, with Andy saying, "I'm not enjoying it simply because I don't taste anything." About $16.
Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde 2000. Offered roast beef aromas, "including the rosemary and garlic you might put on it" (David), plus hints of lavender. Ready to drink and solid, with notions of vanilla and coconut. David felt that it was "mellow, in a good way", with Andy deciding that it was "comfortable". Improves with air. About $55.