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An Appealing Young Wine from Nemea


Ancient Greece, Southern Part, The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1911, Image from Univ. of Texas

Excited by the 2009 Thymiopoulos Vineyards, Xinomavro I continued my exploration of Greek wines by choosing another selection from Athenee Imports.  GAIA Wines was founded by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos and Leon Karatsalos in 1994.  In 1996 they were joined by Christina Legaki and additionally purchased a 7 hectare vineyard in the Koutsi subregion of Nemea.  Today they have wineries in both Nemea and Santorini.  The Notios wine is produced at the Nemea winery in Peloponnisos.  Peloponnisos is a peninsula located at the southern end of Greece.  Wine has been produced in the Nemea region for millenia as evidenced by descriptions from Homer.  If you look at the included map, Nemea is located in the north-eastern portion of Peloponnisos in the green-area near Corinth. The non-irrigated GAIA vineyards are located at 550 meters of elevation.

Vineyards in the Koutsi Subregion of Nemea, Image from GAIA Wines

This selection is currently available at MacArthur Beverages.  I would personally recommend this wine for current drinking though it might be worthwhile to cellar it for one year to see what happens.  Andrea (Athenee Importers) suggested chilling it down as a picnic and party wine.

2010 Gaia Wines, Notios, Agiorgitiko, Nemea- $13
Imported by Athenee Imports.  This wine is 100% Agiorgitiko sourced from the Koutsi subregion where the soils are marl and limestone.  It underwent malolactic fermentation.  On the first night this wine showed a fruity, easy-going manner perfect for warmer weather.  On the second night this was a light+ ruby color.  The young nose revealed lifted berries with cooler but ripe red notes and a floral aspect.  The flavors become stoney with some red and blue fruit mixing with acidity that marked the sides of the tongue.  There was good presence and it definitely became a more serious wine.  It wrapped up with cherry flavors which bore some weight, ripeness, and texture.  There were undertones of blue fruit in the aftertaste. **  Now-2015.

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