2011 Karavitakis Klima, Crete (750ml)

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Country: Greece
Region: Aegean Islands
Sub-Region: Crete
Grape Varietal: Kotsifali
Review Score: 87WA, 87W&S
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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The 2011 Klima red is a blend of 60% Kotsifali (aged for 12 months in two-year old French barrels) and 40% Merlot (aged for 12 months in new French oak). On opening, you will not have to worry about what Kotsifali is because this is all about the oak. Underneath, however, there is some structure here, grip on the finish and backbone. The mid- palate is quite elegant. This improved as it aired out, becoming more vibrant and sometimes piercing through the oak overlay. The texture became more caressing. There isn’t a lot of concentration, but it should drink nicely with another 6-12 months in the bottle. At the moment, it is too tight, but it should shed tannins fairly quickly. It may age a bit, but it likely lacks the mid-palate concentration to reward long aging, so let’s take that in stages. There were 5,000 bottles produced. Drink now-2019

87 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 212 - Apr 2014)

With its black plum and fig fruit, high acidity and firm but ripe tannins, this reminded several panelists of an old-vine zinfandel. The volatile acidity gives it a rustic feel. For barbecue.

87 points, Wine & Spirits (Aug 2014)