2012 Gerovassiliou Malagousia Epanomi

SKU #1143941 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Gerovassiliou’s 2012 is more restrained than the 2011 at the moment, with a satin richness and honeysuckle-scented fruit that runs more green plum than peach. It feels balanced and elegant, ready for a grilled fish.  (8/2013)

Wine Spectator

 Well-spiced, with gooseberry, peach and wild plum flavors full of ginger and nutmeg hints, supported by crisp acidity. Finishes with notes of pastry. Drink now through 2017.  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

If it weren't for the conservation efforts of Vangelis Gerovassiliou, along with a handful of concerned Greek vitculturalists, the endangered ancient Greek Malagousia vine would surely have gone extinct and we'd never get to enjoy its lovely mango-scented aromas, silky mouthfeel, and delicate elegance. Gerovassiliou treats his Malagousia to prolonged skin contact to fully extract its aroma potential, after which a partial barrel fermentation is followed by several months of aging on the lees to allow for the development of intensity and richness, and texture on the palate. Exotic aromas of lemon and mango lead to soft and creamy mid-palate that finishes with a light kiss of honey and spice. Food pairing: a perfect match for Mediterranean dishes, seafood, poultry, light-sauced pasta dishes and fresh vegetable salads.

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Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/29/2015 | Send Email
Malagousia, yes!!! I’m so happy this native grape was salvaged! There’s a bit of extended skin contact that allows for an beautifully aromatic nose full of matchstick, resin, crushed gravel, and yellow flowers. On the palate there’s beautifully high acid balanced by incredible weight with flavors of beeswax, almonds, and yellow apples. With such and interesting and delicious flavor profile, it’s no wonder why producers like Gerovassiliou put in massive efforts to save this grape.

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