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Euro Zone: Greece, Germany & Austria
by Ann Stephens



DR. FISCHER 2012 SAARBURGER RIESLING TROCKEN ALTE REBEN

The Fischer family has been involved with viticulture since 1758. Owner-winemaker Karin Fischer produces dry-style wines that can accompany fine cuisine. The grapes for this dry (trocken) Riesling were sourced from sustainably farmed 60 to 70-year-old vines from a steep, south facing vineyard. The Saar is a region that has benefited from global warming as the fruit is now able to ripen more fully thus balancing the minerality and crisp acidity of Saar wines. This Riesling has a lovely nose of peaches and apricots. On the palate you find yellow plum, white peach and nectarine flavors leading to a concentrated grey slate minerality on the finish. The wine is both flavorful and refreshingly light on its feet. Perfect with snacks on a warm afternoon or serve with fish, seafood, chicken, pork loin or baked ham.

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HEGER 2012 DRY ROSÉ OF PINOT NOIR, GERMANY

Most of us are familiar with dry rosés from France; delightful dry rosés, however, are also made in Germany. This bottling comes from the highly regarded Heger winery in Baden. (Baden, located in the Rhine rift, is sheltered by the Vosge Mountains and the Black Forest making it one of Germany's warmer grape growing areas.) Markus Mleinek, winemaker at Dr. Heger, stresses how important it is to him that his wines be food-friendly: "As you can see by looking at me, I like to eat, I like to cook with a lot of butter and cream and I want my wines to work well with the foods I cook." This rosé is simply delicious and is a joy to drink. On the nose, peach and mixed stone fruits blend with watermelon notes, hints of fresh strawberry, lanolin and a finishing brush of minerality. The palate is very lush and fat but tempered with appropriate acidity and a dryness that is somewhat masked by viscosity and the fresh fruit flavors. Red berries, wild flowers and honeycomb top the stone fruit mélange from the nose-- more floral honey and a dollop of river rock minerality lead to a dry finish. This is a great value and perfect hot weather quaffer! Serve with appetizers, fish, seafood, poultry, veal, pork loin and grilled Bratwurst.

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SPAETROT 2012 GEBESHUBER WHITE

This dry unoaked white is composed of 50% Zierfandler and 50% Rotgipfler, two little known white Austrian grape varieties. On the nose you find aromas of oranges, apples and pears. The palate is harmonious with apple, quince, light citrus notes and a hint of spice. The texture is broad and supple. Serve this with appetizers, fish, chicken, pork loin, Asian cuisine and moderately spicy curried dishes. Domaine Porto Carras is located on the western coast of the Sithonia peninsula in Halkidiki, Greece, about 60 or 70 miles from Thessalonika. One of the largest wine estates in Greece, the spectacularly terraced and organically farmed vineyards were planted on the slopes of Mount Meliton above the Gulf of Torone. Famed French oenologist Emile Peynaud gave advice about the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals there.

$16.95 750ml [362364]



PORTO CARRAS 2012 MELISSANTHI, CÔTES DE MELITON

This dry white is made from a blend of Assyrtiko and Athiri grown in sandy clay soils at an altitude of 600 to 900 feet. The grapes were cool fermented in stainless steel. It has a light-yellow color and a delicate bouquet of lemon, ripe apricot and melon. In the mouth you find stone fruit and citrus flavors leading to a nice aromatic finish.

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PORTO CARRAS 2012 MALAGOUZIA, SITHONIA

The original home of this white variety was probably the southern coast of mainland Greece. It is an aromatic, high-quality variety that was brought back from near oblivion by Domaine Porto Carras in the 1980s and 1990s. Malagouzia produces full-bodied, aromatic wines; the perfumed nose of the 2012 ranges from basil, lime, orange and exotic fruits to rose petals.

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PORTO CARRAS 2011 LIMNIO, CÔTES DE MELITON

This red is composed of 100% Limnio which is an ancient grape variety indigenous to the Greek island of Lemnos. The grapes were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and the wine aged for 12 months in French oak. The 2011 displays a ruby red color with spicy aromas of pepper, cinnamon and a hint of baking chocolate. On the palate this red is medium to full-bodied with flavors of ripe blackberries, Provencal fine herbs and delicate tannins. Serve with cheese, beef, lamb or Mediterranean dishes.

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MANOUSAKIS WINERY NOSTOS 2010 SYRAH, CRETE

Crete (Kríti), once the center of the Minoan civilization (c.2700-1420 BC), is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. In Greek mythology Crete was the birthplace of Zeus. It is believed wine has been made on Crete for over 3,000 years. The Nostos 2010 Syrah is made by the Manousakis Winery which is known in Europe but was new to us. We were very impressed by the quality of this medium to full-bodied red. One member of the wine staff said this was a "spot-on" classic example of Syrah (not new world jammy Shiraz). On the nose you find blue fruits and fine herbs; in the mouth there are flavors of blackberries and blueberries with a hint of herbs and spice. The finish is long and dry. Serve this with rich beef or lamb dishes.

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