2012 Driopi Agiorgitiko (St. George) Nemea
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Agiorgitiko, i.e., the Nemea, was just bottled in December, 2013, then aged in French oak for 10 months, 40% new, the rest 2- to 3-years-old. This is a fairly fat regular Nemea from Driopi. Beautifully constructed, it shows good balance, fine mid-palate depth and caressing texture. The flavor and personality is a bit subdued at the moment – it's still young and recently bottled. It may well show better yet. It should age well for a regular Nemea and it is a pretty good value point. As it airs out, it shows some crispness and persistence, lingering nicely on the finish. It becomes livelier and the texture becomes silkier. There are lots of different styles of Agiorgitiko floating around these days, from the hard-edged and burly to the fruity and Beaujolais-esque. This does a pretty nice job of walking down the middle of the road. (MS)
Agiorgitiko is a fragrant red-wine grape native to Greece's Peloponnese peninsula. It is one of the country's most widely planted wine grapes after Xynomavro, and goes by a number of local synonyms. Agiorgitiko is the sole variety permitted in the Nemea appellation and performs admirably well in the hot Mediterranean climate there.