by Markus Stolz

White
wine values 2011

byMarkus Stolz
December 13, 2011, 5 Comments

There has never been a better time to explore Greek wines, especially at the entry level. Serious headway has been made, and the quality that can now be found in the lower price segment deserves attention – if you know what to look out for. All that glitters is not gold, yet some real bargains can be found that will not only not disappoint, but surprise and impress.

Expand your palate with a number of indigenous grape varieties that will tease and stimulate your taste buds. All the wines mentioned are excellent food partners; I would love to learn about your favourite pairing suggestions.

I have selected my personal value favourites from all the wines that I tasted during 2011 with a focus on availability and price. Most of the wines should be available in the export markets, prices shown are shelf prices in Greece, inclusive of 23% VAT.

1. Sokos Savatiano 2010, 12% alcohol, 3,90€: This wine is a superb introduction to Greek whites. Savatiano varietal wines are making strides in terms of quality. Priced at less than 4 Euros, this might be the bargain of the year. No need to think twice.

2. Moraitis Paros Monemvassia 2010, 12% alcohol, 6,16€: This family owned winery was started in 1910 on the island of Paros. This bottling has become one of my favourite value wines; it is elegant and aromatic, with depth on the palate. Given the price tag, I highly recommend this.

3. Union of Vinicultural Cooperatives of Samos Samena, Muscat, 12% alcohol, 4,77€: An excellent example of a dry Muscat – this wine screams for food. At less than 5 Euros, you will be hard pressed to find another wine that conquers spicy cuisine so convincingly.

4. Katogi Averoff Roditis/Chardonnay 2010, 12.5% alcohol, 6,13€: A charmer with good texture and flavour, nicely balanced, unpretentious. You can’t go wrong here.

5. Skouras Moschofilero/Roditis 2010, 12% alcohol, 5,45€: A consistent classic, year in and year out. No pretention, simply a delicious and fragrant wine.

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  1. jasonDecember 14, 2011, 8:06 am

    Send me a mixed case please! The Skouras is a household regular here (along with its red counterpart) but would love to get access to these others (as well as the Skouras Rose)…

  2. elloinosDecember 14, 2011, 10:30 am

    :) Jason, would love to do just that. Plenty of new Greek wines just arrived in California, including some stunning values. Your household regulars might see an expansion…

  3. Steve SchranDecember 17, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Year end greetings from Massachusetts. Quick market check. Only two of these wines are available here…and they are just a wee bit higher than the prices listed above.

  4. Yiannis PapadakisDecember 19, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I am glad to see an Attika savvatiano on No 1. This grape produces some of the most undervalued wines available, especially when originated from old vines in the Attika region. I recently had a tasting with Mylonas’s oenologist, where we had samples of experimental savvatiano vinifications from 35-40 years old vines, and the results were fascinating.

  5. elloinosDecember 19, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Yianni, I agree with you – and I am quite taken by the efforts of Mylonas.