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SommSelect: Domaine Economou (Oikonomoy), Liatiko  Crete, Aegean Islands, Greece 2006 - SommSelect

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Domaine Economou (Oikonomoy), Liatiko Crete, Aegean Islands, Greece 2006


I must admit this is one of my favorite offers of the year. The last time I had this producer’s wine, it was in a random wine shop deep in Athens and it blew my mind. I had no idea Greece could produce such wines. This rarely seen, exquisite red comes from a legendary producer who crafts this hidden treasure in the most unlikely of terroirs. Hailing from the Greek island of Crete in the southern Aegean Sea, this indigenous varietal, known as Liatiko, delivers a wine that is reminiscent of a beautifully aged Brunello while remaining uniquely Greek. Crafted by a man who once trained under the masters and inevitably became a master himself, this perfectly mature 2006 Domaine Economou Liatiko is genuinely something special. It shows just how underpriced Greece’s world-class wines are currently—an opportunity that will be lost as these wines are discovered across the world. If you love the elegant flavors found in mature Burgundy, Barolo and Brunello at 10-20 years of age, you do not want to miss this.


Surrounded by the gleaming blue waters of the south Aegean Sea, Crete is the largest and most populous island in Greece. The island’s long history of winemaking is believed to reach back to the Minoan Civilization; the Minoans are currently the earliest recorded civilization in Europe and are believed to have been crafting wines since before 1600 BC. Although Crete is more famous as a tourist destination than a breeding ground of great wines and winemakers, one particular Cretan producer stands heads and shoulders above the rest of his peers.
 
Yiannis Economou is known and revered by fellow winemakers as well as wine geeks around the globe. His wines are a secret gem and something almost transcendental to discover. Originally from Crete, Yiannis graduated with an enology degree from Alba before he went on to learn besides the greats in some of the most lauded wine houses in the world. From Château Margaux in Bordeaux to cellar work across Germany to Ceretto and Scavino in Piedmont, Yiannis learned under the best in the business. Although he had ample opportunity across France and Italy, Yiannis knew he could do something rare and pure in his home soil. So he returned in 1994 and breathed new life into his family vineyards’ 35 to 70 year old, ungrafted vines of indigenous varietals along the Ziros Plateau in eastern Crete. Yiannis only releases his wines when they are ready, not when it's convenient commercially. Today’s 2006 Liatiko is drinking in its beautiful peak this very moment; this wine offers something akin to a great old Italian red at a fraction of the price with a unique character all its own.
 
This wine exhibits a garnet ruby core with orange and amber reflections on the rim, reminiscent of a decade-old Sangiovese. The tantalizingly complex aromas yield romantic florals of dried roses and red flowers alongside dried fruits including black cherries, red plums, orange peel and raspberries, which are underscored by tar, tomato leaf, tobacco and crushed stones. The palate boasts layer upon layer of exotic flavors beginning with cassis liqueur and a slight spiciness, followed by wild herbs, dried leather and a touch of baking spice. The lush mouthfeel and seamless tannins offer a long-lasting finish and taut, beautiful structure that evolves into an enchantingly unique and memorable experience. This wine is beginning to peak now, but it could last another six to ten years in the cellar if kept properly. To enjoy, briefly decant for about 30 minutes then served in large Burgundy stems at just above cellar temperature (60-65F). For a Cretan pairing to match the Liatiko try this savory Lamb Kleftiko.
Surrounded by the gleaming blue waters of the south Aegean Sea, Crete is the largest and most populous island in Greece. The island’s long history of winemaking is believed to reach back to the Minoan Civilization; the Minoans are currently the earliest recorded civilization in Europe and are believed to have been crafting wines since before 1600 BC. Although Crete is more famous as a tourist destination than a breeding ground of great wines and winemakers, one particular Cretan producer stands heads and shoulders above the rest of his peers.
 
Yiannis Economou is known and revered by fellow winemakers as well as wine geeks around the globe. His wines are a secret gem and something almost transcendental to discover. Originally from Crete, Yiannis graduated with an enology degree from Alba before he went on to learn besides the greats in some of the most lauded wine houses in the world. From Château Margaux in Bordeaux to cellar work across Germany to Ceretto and Scavino in Piedmont, Yiannis learned under the best in the business. Although he had ample opportunity across France and Italy, Yiannis knew he could do something rare and pure in his home soil. So he returned in 1994 and breathed new life into his family vineyards’ 35 to 70 year old, ungrafted vines of indigenous varietals along the Ziros Plateau in eastern Crete. Yiannis only releases his wines when they are ready, not when it's convenient commercially. Today’s 2006 Liatiko is drinking in its beautiful peak this very moment; this wine offers something akin to a great old Italian red at a fraction of the price with a unique character all its own.
 
This wine exhibits a garnet ruby core with orange and amber reflections on the rim, reminiscent of a decade-old Sangiovese. The tantalizingly complex aromas yield romantic florals of dried roses and red flowers alongside dried fruits including black cherries, red plums, orange peel and raspberries, which are underscored by tar, tomato leaf, tobacco and crushed stones. The palate boasts layer upon layer of exotic flavors beginning with cassis liqueur and a slight spiciness, followed by wild herbs, dried leather and a touch of baking spice. The lush mouthfeel and seamless tannins offer a long-lasting finish and taut, beautiful structure that evolves into an enchantingly unique and memorable experience. This wine is beginning to peak now, but it could last another six to ten years in the cellar if kept properly. To enjoy, briefly decant for about 30 minutes then served in large Burgundy stems at just above cellar temperature (60-65F). For a Cretan pairing to match the Liatiko try this savory Lamb Kleftiko.





Country Greece
Region Aegean Sea
Sub-Region Crete
Varietal Liatiko
Production n/a
Alcohol 13.5%
Oak Neutral
Soil Various: Limestone, Seashells, Sand, Schist
Farming Organic
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Country Greece
Region Aegean Sea
Sub-Region Crete
Varietal Liatiko
Production n/a
Alcohol 13.5%
Oak Neutral
Soil Various: Limestone, Seashells, Sand, Schist
Farming Organic
SommSelect: Domaine Economou (Oikonomoy), Liatiko  Crete, Aegean Islands, Greece 2006 - SommSelect SommSelect: Domaine Economou (Oikonomoy), Liatiko  Crete, Aegean Islands, Greece 2006 - SommSelect

$42

Buy 3 and we‘ll include shipping.*

“This rarely seen, exquisite red comes from the Greek island of Crete in the southern Aegean Sea.”

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