2005 Evangelos Tsantalis Rapsani, Greece

SKU #1037517

This wine is a blend made exclusively from Greek varieties (Xynˇmavro 33%, Krassato 33% and Stavroto 33%). It is an appellation Rapsani from high elevation (800 meters) fruit from open canopied, untrained vines. Vinification is designed to maximize the best features of the varieties; controlled temperature fermentation, 6-8 days of skin contact, a year in first and second year barrels and at least two years in bottle. It offers smoky notes and layers of red cherry fruit like rich cherries. Great tannic structure makes it ideal with lamb doused with rosemary.

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