logo graperoverGrapeRover visited more than 120 Greek wineries since 2012. Many of these wineries send samples to be reviewed and rated by the GrapeRover team.

According to this team, here’s the list of the 10 best Greek red wines (made from indigenous Greek grapes) we have reviewed up to now.

ONE.

2008 Domaine Sigalas Mavrotragano, PGI Cyclades. 94 points.

20mavrotraganored grape clip100% mavrotragano. (50+ yrs. old vines) organic.

wine barrel18 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Kleftiko, World: Roast leg of lamb, game, spicy casseroles, hearty pies, blue vein cheeses.

logo graperoverDeep ruby red. Dense viscosity. Alluring aromas of oriental spice and dark fruit like plum, blackberry and black currant.  Rich and gentle tannins, balanced acidity and complex aftertaste. Very complete wine, with years still to develop, not unlike a great Italian nebbiolo! Wonderfully lasting finish.

 

 

TWO.

2005 Boutari Filiria, PDO Goumenissa, 92 points.

FILIRIA red grape clip50% Xinomavro / 50% Negoskaorganic.

wine barrel12 months on French oak.

vmlRegional: Beef tenderloin. World: game, lamb chops, organ meat (sikoti), kokoretsi, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDark ruby. Light viscosity. Tempting, complex aroma of black olive, dried fruit and some oak. On the palate affluent acidity and round tannins, dark fruit and spice. Fleshy structure and a good lasting finish. Will develop still.

 

 

 THREE.

 2008 Dougos Rapsani, PDO Rapsani. 91 points.

RapsaniDougos (1)red grape clipxinomavrokrassatostavroto. 1/3 each. organic.

wine barrel12 months French / American oak.

vmlRegional: KokoretsiKontosouvli, World: roast beef, spicy lamb stews, veal medallions in a red-wine sauce.

logo graperoverBrilliantly deep ruby. Dense. Developed aroma’s of fig, prune, red currant, and medium toast. Harmoniously interacting flavors like plum, prune, black currant (cassis), vanilla, black pepper. Pleasant acidity. Medium/full body. Round fleshy texture and a lasting finish. My type of winterwine!

 

 

FOUR.

2008 Kir-Yianni Ramnista, PDO Naoussa, 91 points.

ramnistared grape clip100% xinomavro.

wine barrel16 months in French / American oak 225 / 500 lt. barrels.

vmlRegional: Kokoretsi. World: game, hearty stews, matured cheeses.

logo graperoverRadiant dark purple. Medium viscosity. Deep, rich aroma’s of blackberry, blueberry, plum, sandalwood and black olive. Vivid acids. Complex flavors of red currant, black currant and dried tomatoes. Balanced tannins and oak. Medium/full bodied. Appealing lively texture. This wine will go a long way!

 

FIVE. 

2008 Alpha Estate Reserve Xinomavro, PDO Amyndeon,  91 points.

59113-xynomavro-reserve-old-vines-400x700red grape clip100% Xinomavro,  Vieilles Vignes

wine barrel18-20 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Slow Roast Greek lamb. World: dove’s breast, saddle of hare & lamb, veal liver, prime red meat.

logo graperoverDeep ruby. Concentrated density. Amazing aroma’s of sweetish ripe plum, prune and blueberry. Soft vanilla tones. Elegant acidity combining ripe currant, plum and cherry flavors, sundried tomatoes, black olive and tobacco leaf. Impressive finish leaves you with a wish for more!. Make sure to decant hours ahead……

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SIX.

2008 Lyrarakis Mandilari, PGI Crete, 90 points.

2007.mandilari (1)red grape clip100% mandilari

wine barrel12 months new/old French oak, 9 months bottle.

vmlRegional: Kokoretsi. World: prime red meats, kleftiko, game, rich matured cheeses.

logo graperoverDeep dark purple. Dense viscosity. Thanks to very low yields and a twelve month stay on new/old French oak, this wine is a great symphony of aromas and rich flavors. In the nose ripe plums and prunes, vanilla and some cocoa.
On the palate concentrated plum, black currant and some fine tannins.
A grape to remember! Certainly this variety will go a long way….

 

 

SEVEN.

2005 Tsantali Rapsani Grand reserve, PDO Rapsani, 90 points.

Tsantali_400x600_RapsaniGrandReservered grape clip1/3 Xinomavro, 1/3 Krassato, 1/3 Stavroto.

wine barrel18 months new French Allier barrels, 18 months bottle.

vmlRegional: Ragu of braised lamb. World: kokoretsi, lagos stifado, game,  wodino me lachano, prime roasted / grilled meat, blue vein cheese.

logo graperoverDense purple. good viscosity. Expressive aroma’s of cherry, blackberry, black currant (cassis). Modest tones of forest floor, smokey bacon, and vanilla. Gentle flavors of raspberry, blackberry. A dash of black olive, clove, and cedar. Balanced, matured body. Smooth textured. Appealing finish. Still improving…..

 

EIGHT.

2006 Papaioannou Agiorgitiko, vieilles vignes, PDO Nemea, 89 points.

Vieilles-vignesred grape clip100% agiorgitiko, old vines (+50 years old)

1_dio_newDio certified organic.

wine barrel12 months French oak.

vmlRegional: Kleftiko. World: rich meat stews, kokoretsi, paidakia, game, rich cheeses.

logo graperoverDark ruby, slightly brown rim. Great viscosity. Distinguished, elegant nose of ripened dark fruit like cherry (amarone), blackberry and plum. Well supporting fragrances of cedar and mushroom. Well balanced flavors of ripe dark fruit with a tinge of oriental spice and mellow oak. Firm body with a velvety structure. Pleasant long finish. Great class! Should improve even more…

 

 

 

 

NINE.  

2007  Domaine Skouras St. George, PDO Nemea, 89 points.

skouras st. georgered grape clip 100% Agiorgitiko

wine barrel12 months French oak.

vmlRegional: kleftiko, lagos (hare) stifado. World: kid (suckling goat), blue vein cheese.

logo graperoverDark purple colored. Good viscosity. Well developed aroma’s of cherry, blueberry, plum, black currant (cassis), vanilla, and tobacco. Rich flavors of blueberry, blackberry, black currant (cassis), oak, and garrigue. The body is medium/full. Volumptuous smooth texture. The wine finishes Long. Surprising! 12 months new French oak.

 

 

 

 

TEN.

2008 Aidarini Single vineyard, PDO Goumenissa. 88 points. 

aidarinis11- 0730red grape clip70% xinomavro, 30% negoska.

wine barrel12 months new French oak.

vmlRegional: Slow roast goat. World: lamb, kid, red meat, game, casseroles, grilled vegetables, matured hard cheeses.

logo graperoverDeep dark ruby. Medium+ viscosity. Spicy nose, dried medicinal herbs and prominent majoram, dried berries and a hint of plums, some old oak. Fairly juicy preserved cranberry and plum fruit, very slightly medicinal, floral traces, more earthy notes and old oak, very slightly prominent tannins, shows its origin, fairly persistent and has some backbone, very good finish.