Domaine Glinavos Vlahiko, Zitsa, Greece 2018
Lefteris Glinavos was part of the wave of boutique vintners that were instrumental in changing the entire face of Greek winemaking during the 1970s. After completing his wine studies in Bordeaux, Lefteris traveled back to his native Epirus in 1978 to begin Domaine Glinavos. His hoped to marry the traditions of his local wine producing region with the best of what, at that time, modern wine‐making could achieve. 37 years later Domaine Glinavos is now under the supervision of Lefteris’ son, Thomas Glinavos. They own 20 hectares of vines in multiple plots sprinkled among the high perches of the appellation of Zitsa in Epirus- a semi‐mountainous region whose overall feel is more reminiscent of Austria or Switzerland than Mediterranean Greece. This is a medium bodied red, brimming with notes of cherry and cranberry, with a touch of smoke on the nose. Tannins are grippy yet restrained. Lip smackingly delicious.
Grapes: Vlahiko, Bekari