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An Odd Pair of Wines

We recently tasted another Georgian wine from Chelti Estate Vineyards the 2008 Gunashauri.  Last summer I wrote about the 2007 Chelti in The Stones and Blue Fruit of the 2007 Chelti, Saperavi.  I give a nod towards the 2007 Chelti however you might try either one of these wines if you are new to the wines of Georgia or the grape Saperavi.  Surprisingly good is the 2009 Ktima Pavlidis Winery, Thema.  It is an engaging blend of Syrah and Agiorgitiko with deep flavors that exhibit a hint of its barrel aging.  The blend works really well and makes you want to drink more.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2008 Chelti Estate Vineyards, Gunashauri, Kakheti – $12
Imported by Potomac Selections.  This wine is 100% Saperavi which was fermented in stainless steel  Alcohol 13%.  The light nose was pungent with heavy aromas of fresh berries and slight but good funk.  In the mouth there was blacker red fruit which stepped up in the mouth.  It had a firm, density, salivating acidity, and some ripe tannins.  There was definitely a different flavor profile with slightly ripe black fruit.  There were very approachable tannins with less structure than I would expect from the grape.  The aftertaste was a bit earthy.  ** Now-2016.

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2009 Ktima Pavlidis Winery, Thema, Drama – $19
Imported by Athenee Importers & Distributors.  This wine is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Agiorgitiko which underwent malolactic fermentation then as aged for 10-14 months in oak.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose revealed deep aromas of berries and earth.  In the mouth there was deep but soft and expansive fruit with blue and black fruit flavors exhibiting some grip inside.  There was acidity followed drier, slightly tart, black fruit with hints of red fruit and maybe a wood note. There was an expansive, dark perfume in the finish before developing a bit of drying, tannic structure.  With extended air there was a little, sweet vanilla hint.  *** Now – 2018.