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WHITES – PELOPONNESOS

87 | Gaia $10
2001 Peloponnesos Notios. The spicy florality of moschofilero balances the broad, citrusy fruit of rhoditis in this mellow yet refreshing wine. Bring up the underlying minerality with sauteed flounder. Athenee importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

 

WHITES – MAINLAND

85 | Vassiliou $9
Koropi Arnbelones. Savatiano and roditis make up the bulk of this Attican wine, giving ripe, rich apple flavors tweaked with herbal and mineral notes. Pour it with turkey or chicken salad. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

 

ROSE

88 | Gaia $8
2001 Peloponnesos 14-18h Rose. Bright, screaming strawberry flavors are dry and gripping yet fun. The name refers to the length of time the wine spent on the grape skins to attain its fuchsia shade and improbable depth of flavor, but fans will claim it’s a serving suggestion based on the 24-hour clock. Both work for us. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

83 | Domaine Spiropoulos $10
2001 Peloponnesos Meliasto Rose. The pale pink color hides a bevy of red fruit flavors, from strawberry to the soft, ripe cherry notes common to agiorgitiko. It’s a little sweet, but with a chill, it would be delicious with salami or spicy charcuterie. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

83 | Domaine Spiropoulos $10
2001 Peloponnesos Meliasto Rose. The pale pink color hides a bevy of red fruit flavors, from strawberry to the soft, ripe cherry notes common to agiorgitiko. It’s a little sweet, but with a chill, it would be delicious with salami or spicy charcuterie. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

 

REDS – PELOPONNESOS

86 | Gaia $11
2000 Nemea Notios Plush. Purple agiorgitiko spills fruit as fresh and explosive as grapes popped straight off the vine. The difference is that the wine’s flavor sticks, subtle oak details of smoke, spice and gently gripping tannin emerging into the finish. It’s not fancy, but it is delicious, especially with lamb chops and fries. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

85 | Domaine Spiropoulos $17
Peloponnesos Red Stag Agiorgitiko. Cherries galore and a smoky edge give this juicy wine more heft than its sweet, fruity scent suggests. It’s ready to drink tonight with grilled sausages and white beans. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

83 | Oinigos $22
1999 Regional Wine of Patras Dafnis. So ripe, this agiorgitiko has the soft, dark juiciness of bruised cherries. A bit of cabernet and a touch of the local mavrodaphne, both very tannic grapes, could account for its ferrous, rough edge. Put it away for a year to meld. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY

 

NORTHERN GREECE

90 | Samos $20
2000 Samos Grand Cru Muscat Limey, lovely muscat. This has a lightness and delicacy previously unheard of in muscat a petit grains grown on this Dodecanese island. It’s as refreshing as a sorbet on a hot summer’s day, but endlessly classier; as light as air, but with all its gorgeous flavor, it’s all that’s needed for dessert. Athenee Importers & Distributors, Malverne, NY