Tsantali Reserve Rapsani 2013

I recognized the Xinomavro grape from a previous Greek red I loved. Dark in color with a mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely black cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice smooth tannins and acidity along with some nice mild peppery notes that come out subtly in the mouth without food. The wine is nice and dry with some nice complexity. Quite a nice wine, especially given the price. This should easily easily keep a little while too. I would give it an 88+. If you have not had many Greek wines, this is a good one to give a whirl.

From the LCBO web site:
Tsantali Reserve Rapsani 2013 — VINTAGES#: 734855
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
This blend of Xinomavro, Krassato and Stavroto was hand-picked from vines grown at altitudes between 250 and 500 metres on the slopes of Mount Olympus. It offers complex aromas of blueberry, date, fig, leather, incense and smoke. On the palate, tangy acidity brings redcurrant and pomegranate notes on the way to a chewy, lightly smoky finish. Enjoy the wine now through 2022 with strong cheeses, or a stew of browned ground beef or lamb with eggplant, tomato and roasted garlic. (Vintages panel, Nov. 2017) $20.95
Release Date:January 6, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Thessalia, Greece By: Evangelos Tsantalis S.A.Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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