2013 Douloufakis "Dafnios" Liatiko Crete
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Liatiko Dafnios is all Liatiko, a red grape indigenous to Crete and sourced from vines approximately 30 years old. It was aged for nine months in a mixture of used French oak (80%) and stainless steel (20%). Fresh and pure, this features, sappy, up-front fruit flavor with a nod to Beaujolais, but it also adds a fresh and vibrant feel with mild tannins, some persistence on the finish and a bright personality. It is a lovely red that can and should be chilled down a bit (around 60F works well) and drunk as an uncomplicated sipper. In the short-run, it merely seems ridiculously delicious, yet never cloying and always elegant. Is it worth leaning up for that? If you want thick, rich and powerful, you'll say no. Otherwise, you might think this is one of the nicest values here for an elegant and easy sipper. It may not last long at peak, but it will be an enormous crowd-pleaser. (MS)
100% Liatiko, from the Greek island of Crete. This native Cretan varietal reveals spicy red fruit aromas and flavors, with a mouth-filling, medium body, and soft tannins, with some added complexity and richness from new oak aging. Polished and elegant, this pairs well with red meats and cheeses.