2008 Nasiakos Agiorgitiko Peloponnese 12.5% $15

A little funky and wild on the nose with tart red cherry fruit frame with a bit of tar, hints of pine and a meaty,chalky grey earth core. Medium bodied on entry and both rather rich and rather fruity that the funky, earthy gameynotes emerge quickly on the palate adding a little bitterness to the fruit profile. there’s plenty of acidity here to help carry this nicely across the palate,  and leave the finish refreshing with its hints of tea, tar, minerals and tart red cherry fruit ending on a slightly toasty note. A little rustic with a hint of bandaid onthe palate emerging with air this offers attractive complexity and balance. 87pts

2009 Elios Mediterranean Red Peloponnese 13.5% $11

40% Agiorgitiko, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah

A bit flat on the nose with faint notes of smoky basil stems and old wood supporting slightly tarry black cherry fruit. Soft, round and fruity on entry, this gains some definition in the mouth as the integrated acidity becomes more obvious and the gentle tannins kick in. There’s some pleasant black cherry fruit here, a bit skinny but focused with black currant notes on the backend that lead a nicely austere little finish. Fun and yet not frivolous, this is a bit fruity sweet and then a bit austere. 85pts

2007 Nasiakos Nemea 13.5% $16

Earthy and floral on the nose with some VA supporting a sort of artificial floral tone that brings back memories of big brooms and that weird green dust in High School. There’s a nice sweet base of reds fruit here as well along with a rubbery edge and some gentle spice notes, almost a like Provencal like. There’s good acidity here but the wine still lacks liveliness in the mouth. It’s four square and a little chunky with cherry fruit and a little spice supported by tannins that are a bit dry and that good acidity. The finish is bracing and fresh,with some candied watermelon notes and sour cherry jolly rancher fruit. Easy to drink and with some attractive earthy complexity but it is still a bit ordinary. 85pts