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A Greek Treat from Nemea


Christos Aivalis is the owner of Aivalis Family Vineyards.  He is the fifth generation to grow grapes in his family.  He produces wine using fruit from his own and nearby vineyards.  These vineyards are located between 250 to 600 meters.  He does not employ irrigation and avoids fertilization as much as possible.  The grapes are fermented using temperature control, aged in old barrels, then bottled unstabilized and unfiltered.  All of this has resulted in a compelling wine.  It smells great, is easily drinkable, and should hit its stride this fall.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Aivalis Family Vineyards, Nemea – $16
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is 100% Agiorgitiko that was aged for 12 months in old barrels.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose revealed floral (perhaps violets) blue and black fruit.  In the mouth were grapey flavors of purple fruit, some smoke, and a nice structure.  The wine was drying as purple and black flavors came out in the finish.  It had some salivating acidity.  This was best on the first night for it developed more structure with air.  **(*) 2014-2017.

 

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