2012 Tsantali Agioritiko Abaton Gold Selection (750ml)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Athos, Macedonia, Greece


The 2012 Agioritiko Abaton Gold Selection is an 80/20 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Limnio, aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. This has been seen before, but let's check in. A more rounded version of this brand than the hard-edged 2010, also reviewed in this issue's mini-vertical, this still has plenty of power and acidity, but the mid-palate seems to be soaking it up a little better just now. Don't misunderstand, though. This has that proverbial iron fist in the velvet glove. With air, the tannins do come out to play, and the acidity insists on raising its hand for attention too. It is better integrated than on the 2010, but this shows off its fair share of rusticity in time. Overall, this seems to be developing very well, but it certainly needs aeration if you open it now. I wasn't so sure it would develop well in terms of balance, so it is entitled to some upticks in both score and drinking windows. It may yet do even better, but this is the type of wine that always needs to prove its case over the long haul.

92 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 250 - Aug 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

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