2010 Karanika Terra Levea Assyrtiko
Located in the far northwest region of Macedonia, in the Amyndeo appellation next to lake Vegoritis at 650 m above sea level, Domaine Karanika farms 4 ha of vineyards planted primarily to old-vine Xinomavro (indigenous to the region), with some younger plantings of Assyrtiko, Limniona, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Mavrodaphne. Surrounded by mountains, the climate here is primarily continental, with warm summer days that cool at night, cold winters, and ample rainfall. The 2010 Terra Levea Assyrtiko shows off the best of what the varietal has to offer: intense grapefruit, apricot and pear and citrus aromas and flavors, with floral and dandelion accents. It is silky on the palate, with balanced acidity and spicy mineral notes on the finish.