Idaia Kotsifali/Mandilari 2010, Pgi Crete

Red Blend Red Blend
Greece

$14.75 (431635)

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January 09, 2016

Critic Reviews (4)

David Lawrason
David Lawrason

Great value here! This is quite fine, maturing red made from two local grape varieties - kotisifali and mandilaria -...

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Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

A dry Cretan red but offering with sweet fruit and a cedary, earthy nose with a hint of cardboard. Matured enough...

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Michael Godel
Michael Godel

From Crete and composed of two endemic grapes, kotisifali and mandilaria, there is a calm and gentle grace to the six...

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John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

A pleasantly rustic, dusty-earthy, typical Cretan red blend of kotsifali and mandilaria, a little firm and tight, but...

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Community Reviews (3)

Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

This delicious Cretan red plays like a well-composed Bordeaux or Loire blend built around Cabernet Franc, with luscious dark berries and cherry-pomegranate tang intermingling with leather, earth, mint, black pepper, graphite, cedar/pine, and glycerin through to a smoky, spicy finish. It's quite rustic initially, so decant it for a bit, even for a few hours, or better yet let it sit for a day, by which time everything has come together, it's deeper, richer, and even more complex, and the rusticity has given way to Bordelais elegance. Lovely now, but with the stuffing to go further. A great find.

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It's only wine but I like it
It's only wine but I like it

The comparison to Bordeaux reds certainly seems appropriate. Cedar-infused red fruit, a hint of herbal flavours, along with (to me) what seems like a fairly hefty dose of oak-infused vanilla. Solid value. Tasted July 2016.

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