2006 Economou Liatiko Crete

SKU #1258766

This Greek red comes from Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. The grape is Liatiko, found in the central and eastern parts of the island. 2006 is the current release of the Liatiko; Winemaker Gianni Economou holds back his wines until he feels they are ready, so you can find other bottlings of his with current releases dating back to 1999. His wines are balanced, pure and earthy expressions of Greek varietals. The 2006 Liatiko is drinking superbly, with aromas of cured meat and white flowers and flavors of figs, cherries and leather. At this point it has developed a light body and fine tannins with very savory characteristics. Drink this now with pork or lamb, or hold onto it for 5 more years to see it really develop. (Olivia Ragni, K&L liaison for Greek wine)

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