The 2013 Rose Akakies is 100% Xinomavro and dry. This has tons of great fruit this year, but in its youth it is the power and acidity that come to the foreground. xinomavro can be a great base for a pink, a grape that can add acidity and complexity. Kir-Yianni typically does it quite well. This is firing on all burners, right down to the crisp finish with tension, grip and some complexity of flavor. In its youth, it’s a beauty and a very nice bargain, too. It may not be everyone’s “typical” pink, though, if you’re thinking “sweet and soft.” It’s time to give this fine pink some props. It has certainly shown its stuff.
Decanter World Wine Awards
Subtle nose of cranberries, melon rind, wet rocks and herbs. Vivacious and modern palate with flavours of crisp small red berried fruit;ending with a long finish of lemon and stone. Dry, refreshing and pure.
A New Greek Morning
This will and should have many fans, particularly those of Tavel on holiday in the ancient continent and needing salinity to match their suckling roast. Clear, concise Rosé. Proper.
The Wine Advocate
The Washington Post - Dave McIntyre
Here’s an excellent rosé for summer, better than many French rosés from 2012. This one is ripe yet racy, with good acidity to balance the fruit flavors. But enough about the wine; how are you feeling this fine warm day? Dionysus: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Calvert Woodley, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Market, Whole Food Market (Tenleytown); on the list at Cava, Kellari, Morayo, Nostos. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s, Bradley Food & Beverage and Cork & Fork in Bethesda; the Bottle Shop in Potomac; Finewine.com in Gaithersburg. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s and Whole Foods Market in Alexandria, Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Unwined in Alexandria and Belleview. Amyndeon, Greece, $14
winedefender.org - Onneca Guelbenzu
Naoussa, the Piemont of Greece
The unique rosé wine of the tasting and the unique Greek PDO rosé. Lets remember that Amydeon is the coldest part of Greece, and so far the only actual PDO where a rosé can be elaborated with Xinomavro and be inside the appellation. Vineyards from sandy soils and 700meters of altitude. It has an intense and attractive deep ruby colour and aromas of red fruits like wild strawberries, some black olives notes, and even a lime peel touch. A really refreshing medium-high acidity, medium body and dry finish. A wonderful start of the tasting.
The Wine Advocate
Greece on the cusp of summer
www.gourmet.com - Tara Q. Thomas
Just the deep fuchsia color is enough to brighten a room; combine that with its pretty, spicy cherry notes, and what else do you need? Acidity, which this has in spades: It’s made from Xinomavro, a grape whose name means “acid-black,” and it’s grown in one of Greece’s coolest wine-growing regions. So what if it’s cold and raining—fire up the grill and put on some lamb chops. Spring will be here with a glass of this in hand.
Gourmet Traveller Wine - Natasha Hughes
One of my long-time favourite roses. It’s typical of the style, with loads of ripe cherry and red berry fruit, as well as the crisp crunch of pomegranate seeds. There’s just a trace of tannin there, which prevents it from going totally over the top
This delightful, medium-bodied rose made from the typically tannic Xinomavro grape of northern Greece is a pleasant surprise, though Kir-Yianni has a solid reputation for making good wine. This is an exotic alternative for both casual wine lovers and serious vinophiles looking for something out of the ordinary. The wine is fresh, fruity and lively, with a tart strawberry nose and combination of juicy fruit and clean, minerally acidity on the palate. Its body and acidity ensures that it will match bolder foods like roast lamb and beef, but will also be delicious with lighter fare like seafood and poultry. Its beautiful dark pink color is a selling point as well
The artisan of the varietal, Xinomavro, Yiannis Boutaris creates yet another masterpiece. The “Monet” of roses. This bright and refreshing rose releases aromas of ripe strawberries and dried cranberries. Its crispness and vibrant body along with its crystal pink color top dances on your palate. Amyndeon, in northern Greece and within the broader reaches of the Naoussa region, has dedicated local production to roses and “Akakies” is paving the way. A delightful selection to complement regional meze or light game fare, such as peasant and quail
Gourmet, Beth von Benz
The grape this wine is made from, Xinomavro, is high in acid. Roses get a bad rap because people think they’re too sweet, but this wine is dry and very flavorful. I pick up wild strawberry, rose petals, and cinnamon. It pairs well with grilled fish or chicken flavored with Mediterranean ingredients like lemon, capers, and oregano. Roses are generally released in springtime, and it’s important to drink them fresh because the flavor tends to go downhill after a year.
Μια καλή προσπάθεια απο το Αμύνταιο, με δεδομένη την τραγικότητα της χρονιάς. Ευχάριστα αρώματα καρπουζιού και γλυκού φράουλας και ελαφρύ, μαλακό, πιπεράτο στόμα. Ωραίο δέσιμο με την πολίτικη κουζίνα