Misc. Europe

Bairaktaris 15 Old Monolithos Agiorgitiko 2015 Nemea (Greece) Old Vine Agiorgitiko

Single vineyard, high altitude, 45 year old vine Agiorigtiko from Nemea,  Greece.  Organic and barrel aged for  a year in new French oak. Mineral and rich aromas of mature dark red fruits, truffle, spices & dark chocolate. Medium bodied with bright acidity, velvety tannins, and a long, elegant finish. Perfect for stewed meat dishes  and grilled lamb or steaks. An ideal cold weather wine! Giselle Hamburg

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

Domaine Douloufakis 2020 Crete (Greece) Crete Vidiano Dafnios

Situated in the heart of wine-growing zone of Crete, Greece, in Dafnes of Heraklion, on hill slopes at an altitude of 350 - 450 meters. The terroir of the Dafnes region is characterized by limestone soil and the prevailing microclimate is considered ideal for producing high quality grapes. The Dafnes region has a long viticulture history, according to written records, since the Venetian rule in Crete.  Dafne is the name of the winery's village as well as the Laurel tree the nymph Daphne was transformed into after rejecting  Apollo's advances (hence the laurel leaves on the label). Douloufakis is one of the oldest wineries on the island and certified organic.Their Vidiano explodes with aromas of white flowers, herbs, pears, citrus and wet rocks. The palate is medium bodied, citrusy and herbal with a mineral, long finish. For lovers of Assyrtiko and Albarino. Serve with  pork roast with leeks or octopus with chickpeas and peppers. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 38 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Domaine Tatsis (Goumenissa, Greece) 2017 Macedonia (Greece) /Negoska 'Yong Vines'

From Goumenissa in central Macedonia, the ancient capital of Macedon and birthplace of Alexander the Great. One of the first Greek wineries to convert to organic viticulture in the 90s, Domaine Tatsis  can easily be seen as traditionalist in nature but they constantly experiment, doing long macerations of their native white varieties and long élevage for roses. They release their appellation Goumenissas with significant bottle aging for a true representation of the wine as it should be enjoyed. A blend of  80%Xinomavro and 20% Negoska, the nose is redolent of tomato leaf, red cherries, hazelnuts with a touch of black pepper.  Intense acidity and structure from the Xinomavro paired with the higher alcohol yet soft tannins from the Negoska dances on the tongue like a gymnast flipping through the air. For lovers of  Nebbiolo & Tuscan Sangiovese. Pair with local dishes like pork with leeks & mushrooms as well as wild boar with chestnuts and olives.GH

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fekete Bela 2015 Somlo Juhfark 2015 Transdanubia, Hungary Somlo

From across the Austrian border in Hungary lies the once underwater volcano and lake Somlo. Home to the Juhfark grape,  Somlo's slopes of ancient sea sediment, hardened lava, and basalt, along with the springs of mineral water that crisscross underground, imbue it's wines with the signature taste of volcanic salt, smoke and petrichor. From the "Grand Old Man of Somlo" as Fekete Bela is called, the grapes are  hand harvested, undergoing spontaneous fermentation and 2 years aging in large Hungarian oak casks.   A blast of minerality, lemon peel and quince wafts from the glass. The palate tastes herbaceous, mineral and savory with underlying juicy tree fruit. Full bodied yet lithe with bright acidity, this wine is for lovers of Santorini Assyrtikos,  fuller Soaves and Grecos. An excellent pairing for full flavored fowl and fatty fish. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

Meinklang 2020 Somló FOAM "Vulkan"

Demeter certified biodynamic farming; 35-60 year old vines on sandy, loam topsoil, volcanic subsoil; made in ancestral method with fermentation continuing in the bottle and bottled unfined/unfiltered under crown cap with a tiny bit of added SO2. From the volcanic soils of Somlo in Hungary near the Austrian border. A delightful Pet-nat made from Harslevelu and Juhfark. The nose explodes with tart green apple, lemonade and wet rocks. The palate is citrusy, mineral with bracing acidity and refreshing bubbles. The ultimate shift drink, for lovers of bone dry Ciders and salty Goses! Giselle Hamburg

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Moric 2017 Transdanubia, Hungary Furmint/Riesling

Furmint is a Hungarian grape most notably known as the main grape for the infamous dessert wine Tokaji, but from the volcanic soils of Balaton it exudes more of a kick in the dry wines. She's not for the faint of heart. But if you like your ladies with an edge, check out this steely blonde. Powerful yet vulnerable. Loaded with volcanic minerality, the wine blasts you like a laser beam of wet stones, citrus, sea shells white hay and mountain flowers. Full bodied yet lean and taut. A perfect pairing with river or lake fish like the local carp as well as shellfish.  -GH

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

Nerantzi 2018 Macedonia (Greece) Malagousia/Assyrtiko/Asprouda

From Northern Macedonia near the border with Bulgaria. Nerantzi is an organic producer on a mission to revive long lost indigenous  varieties using indigenous yeasts and Balkan oak for their cooperage. Lying at an altitude of 300 meters in the foothills of Mount Menoikio, the soils are calcareus sandy loam.  More importantly is what lies hidden within the soil: layer upon layer of ancient pottery where the vineyards are planted! One could say that part of the domaine's terroir is the patrimonial history of Greece itself.A blend of 40% Malagousia/ 30% Assyrtiko/ 30% Asprouda, cofermented then aged in stainless and the Asprouda in new oak barrels. For lovers of fuller bodied white Rhones or Chenins with heft and structure underpinned by a streak of minerality and acidity. Flashing rays of gold, the nose reveals aromas of citrus, apples, white flowers and wet rocks.The palate reveals flavors of pears and lemon yogurt with a mineral  backbone and  juicy acidity. The 2018 has a surprisingly low alcohol level of 12.5% making it extremely food friendly (Turkey Day?)  A very long lived finish just begs for some grilled lobster, squid or swordfish as well as  white meats . GH

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $20.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99