Wine of the Week for November 6, 2006

Calliga Agiorgitiko 2004 - $ 11.95
Style: R3

I was challenged recently to find out why this is called the “St. George” grape. Well, it’s named after the town of Agios Georgios (which is now called Nemea). Whatever the name’s origin, this is one of Greece’s great indigenous grapes. The colour shows a deep garnet with beginnings of mahogany. There is a pleasant port-like aroma off the top that gives way to pepper and perfume with nuances of vegetal and caramel. Rich, smooth and juicy on the palate, with cherry, raspberry and vanilla, all supported by solid tannins, and a silky finish. I’d go with rich cheeses, beef stew or grilled portobellos. (LCBO 619262)

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