Light Red Dry Wine (that needs to be slightly chilled)
Platystoma, Lefkada, Greece
Winemakers: Dionysis and Maria Papanikolopoulos (and their son Vasilis)
This is a glass of a spectacular red streaked sunset. Let it breathe a bit, there’s definitely some brettiness or some wild spontaneous yeast at first. Ok, that’s fading away and the barnyard door has been closed. Here comes some tart cherry and a little seaside salt. Raising the glass, and going in for the sip, and there’s tart cherry, splashes of cranberry, a tiny citrus zing, some sort of mineral/rock (like a lick of granite), and more fruitiness starts appearing the more I sip. There’s still a little funk that gives this glass of sunshine depth.
Pairs with Cheez-its: tart cherries round out and become so much more sweet
From what I’m reading about the land Dionysis and Maria Papanikolopoulos picked for their “project” Siflogo, it’s rocky limestone rugged and rough land ends up in a beautiful payoff with the indigenous grapes. They’re sticklers for no pesticides and hand harvesting of the grapes. Their love of the land, culture and history are very evident in their wines. Also come on, he’s named Dionysis, that’s a name destined for wine.
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