Lyrarakis Kotsifali 2018
New Greek Red! This may be new to the Bottle Shop, but Lyrarakis Kotsifali is made from an ancient grape variety grown since around 3000 BC. A native grape of Crete, Kotsifali is a dry red, with medium-full body, and a terrific red for grilled meats, Greek lamb dishes, pasta, pizza, cheeses, and all kinds of Mediterranean foods. We tasted and loved the Lyrarakis family's Kotsifali here, with its excellent purity and balance of fruit, acidity and tannin. Traditionally, the Kotsifali grape has a black color, and comes from vigorous, high yielding vines that have a medium burst period and a medium ripening time. The grapes usually ripen between the end of August and early September in Crete. The resulting wines are high in alcohol and have a low acidity. However, Lyrarakis has produced a red wine with a nice balanced level of alcohol and a nice burst of acidity in a juicy, smooth style. This is no doubt due to their hard work in the vineyards, and their gentle approach to the winemaking. Farming is sustainable and organic, and the wines are made with certified Vegan methods. Look for classic Kotsifali aromas and flavors of spices, herbs, plums, blackberry, beetroot, salinity and 'Mediterranean' nuances. #welovethis!!!
Vintage 2018—2019 JancisRobinson.com, 16.5 points