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2017 Liatiko, Douloufakis

2017 Liatiko, Douloufakis
ref. DOUL170 SUM20

Wine Variety: Liatiko almost certainly has Cretan origins; it is used to produce dry and sweet styles of red wine on the island of Crete. Interestingly, its name refers to the month of July, since it is a very early-ripening grape variety.

Wine Region: Crete's a big place: the main grape-growing area lies near Heraklion and is the second biggest vineyard area in the whole country. Many vineyards here are at altitude: up to almost 900 meters above sea level. The wines of Candia (as Crete was known when it was a part of the Republic of Venice) were especially popular in the Middle Ages. 

Wine Producer: Current owner Nikos Douloufakis's grandfather, Dimitris, started this winery in the 1930s. His son George took over in the 1960s and had to deal with the Cretan Phylloxera outbreak that killed virtually all the islands' vineyards. Nikos took the reins in 1993 having studied oenology in Alba, Italy; the '90s were a time of modernisation and expansion for the estate, with both local and international varieties being planted. 

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Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Liatiko
  Producer
Producer:
Douloufakis
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13.5%
  Country
Country:
Greece
  Appellation
Appellation:
Crete
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2022
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Aegean
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Asian/Spicy
  • Beef
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Really quite pale in the glass and with a degree of maturity about its tomato-red core and hit of garnet at the rim. Really unusual aromas coming off this. It has something high-pitched about it: something shrill that hovers above the ripe and spiced dark plum and cherry fruit. There’s chocolate here, to be sure, as well as an earthy note. Hazelnuts in gravy anyone? Medium weight only. That shrillness translates as a spine of firm, very mineral, nut-skin tannins that drive the palate forward. Very long thing of incisive structure: those tannins and firm, integrated acidity. This is dense and grips long. Give it lamb.

#3wordtastingnote: nut, cherry, chocolate

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Grape Variety
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Country
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  Drink By Date
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