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IGP Peleponese 2013, Agiorgitiko, Pathos, Tsantali ($12.00, 12698531)
As for the Pathos white, technical info is short on the ground. 100% Agiorgitiko given a short maceration on the skins and short maturation on the lees. Reducing sugar: 2.1 g/l. 12.8% ABV. Quebec agent: Amphora.
Plum and black cherry, a bit jammy, with light spice and what comes across as a hint of oak. Develops musky marzipan notes as it breathes. Medium-bodied. The ripe fruit up front is backed by darker mineral and earth flavours and a faint swirl of caramel. The acidity is fleet, the tannins slim but springy. Remarkably dry from the mid-palate on, an impression only reinforced by the light astringency that comes to the fore as the fruit fades. Lingering cherry pit and ash. Not deep or complex and certainly not enthralling but clean, sound and drinkable – no excuses need be made. Is there a better SAQ red at the price? (Buy again? Yes.)

Like the white, was $11.35 until the SAQ’s latest round of price hikes. In this case, that works out to a nearly 6% increase.

Written by carswell

March 13, 2016 at 15:43

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