But this time we found a new gem to explore and this place took us mentally back to our amazing visit to Katakolon, Greece and the Mercouri Estate vineyards. Katina’s Greek Market is stuffed with delicacies imported from Greece including several varieties of Greek Wine and Beer, and I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that we had to stop by and do some wine tasting!
The website vivina.com reviews the wine as “dark red color with violet edges. The scent opens fine in typical Rolland-Nose: Blackcurrant, dry brush and dish (coconut, vanilla, butter, cinnamon, rubber) and a fat, apple-like acidity. ….. Delicious, soft fruit in the mouth with very juicy, dark red berries. It is a soft wine, but the structure is still ok grip with fine acidity and medium full-bodied dark fruit. The finish has good concentration, ok acid cadence and soft tannins. Leather and English licorice in the aftertaste….”
I have to agree with this assessment and we bought his last three bottles on the spot!
Reviews say that wine has a “typically elegant mid-palate, yet it has quite enough solidity, plus some grassy notes and a crisp, sunny and invigorating demeanor.” This is an accurate description of the refreshing wine so I bought a case with visions of sipping this crisp wine on our deck even in the chilly fall weather!
And yes we had to buy a couple of the beers Jim and I had sipped back on those hot summer days in the Peloponnese; nice crisp Pils Hellas and Mythos.
Mercouri Vineyards is near the Greek village of Korakohori on the Peloponnese peninsula and the winery is lovely with an old Italianate residence which stands gracefully, its faded pastel stucco walls draped with ivy and stone buildings that house the winery and lush gardens dotted with antique vineyard equipment, populated with colorful peacocks, and surrounded by tidy rows of grape vines that seem to go on for miles.
They have experimented with planting of several varietals including, the red varieties; Avgoustiatis, Mourvedre, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese and Grenache and the white varieties; Malvasia Aromatica, Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon Blanc, Tourkopoula and Viognier. Those that worked well became part of the blend for the wines they produced.
READ THE FULL ORIGINAL POST FROM OUR EXCURSION TO OLYMPIA, MERCOURI ESTATES AND KATAKOLON HERE!