2009 Domaine Hatzimichalis Kapnias White 13% $20

This is fairly oaky on the nose, very modern smelling in that respect but at the same time there are some very fine sweet golden apricot and apple tones here adding depth. Bright and assertive on entry with mineral laden wood sweetened flavors of apricot and spice tinged greengage plums that are supported by cutting acidity. The backend shows off more of the mineral note as the wood receded a bit and the sweet apricot flavors take control of the palate. The wood reappears on the finish, in much more of a supporting role, and this ends with a long, bright apricot and nectarine flavor that has just a dusting of wood spice. This is a great change of pace for the chardonnay drinkers out there. 91pts

2010 Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia Premium Selection Epanomi 12.5% $23

Quite pungent on the nose with layers of floral, dried fruit, waxy spice, aniseed, violet and petrol aromas. Soft and delicate in the mouth with an early burst of meaty peach flavor followed by a round, soft and yet slightly juicy midpalate filled with creamy melon, mint, pea green and dried pear flavors that linger on the subtle if persistent finish. The finish actually becomes more pronounced with time, this wine just will not leave one's palate. Super intriguing wine. 90pts

2011 Estate Hatzimichalis  Lefkos Atalanti Valley 12.5% $14

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Malagousia and Robola.

A bit of spicy green herb pops from the glass followed by floral woodsy aromas and some assertively pithy and lightly honied grapefruit notes. Smooth and polished in the mouth, this has fine firm acids supporting tart green plum and kiwi fruit. The texture here is lovely, silky and finely balanced with lightly polished feel. The backend picks up light mineral, melon and art kiwi flavors that drift onto the moderately long finish. This is fairly complex and really offers a seductive texture. 90pts

2011 Nasiakos Moschofilero Mantinia 12% $15

Tight with notes of sea salt and lime on the nose followed by low honeysuckle and polleny aromas. Bright and very fresh on entry, this is medium light weight with lovely, perfumed mineral, dried herb, and dried citrus zest flavors on the palate. Finishing dry and firm, with super persistence to the mineral and citrus fruits, this is a killer summer wine. Even at room temp it's refreshing. It's like a car that looks fast sitting still. This was born to refresh! bring on the grilled octopus and Gigantes! 89pts

2011 Nasiakos Mantinia White 12% $21

Pithy and tart on the nose with some green fruit, kiwi notes that are reminiscent of sauvignon blanc and a developing herbal edge to the candied lime fruit that makes it an even closer approximation. Really bright acids on entry makes this absolutely tingle with citrus fruits, though there seems to be a touch of sugar here helping to buffer acidity and  round out the lime and mandarin orange flavors. In any event it gives this electrically zesty wine some additional midpalate weight. The finish is all laser like acids, really long and keeping with the citrus theme. I don’t get any sweetness on the finish so this might just have great natural richness. Not super complex but wow this is bright and fun with just a little quartzy mineral on the finish and a hint of pith bitterness on the finale.  89pts

NV San Gerassimo Robola of Cephalonia 12.5% $20

Super fine floral accents frame brilliant mineral notes on a nose that is has a touch of mustiness to it as well as some cool cactus pad and almost cucumber like fruit. There's a faint hint of sweetness here that adds some fruitiness and roundness in the mouth but this is not a fruity wine and even with the sweetness id decidedly mineral driven in the mouth with the same compact, cool fruit that was obvious on the nose.  There's a fair amount of dry extract here, lending some mouthgrab and a touch of astringency to the texture on the backend which leads to a lovely, long mineral and meyer lemon finish. An intriguing wine with excellent character that recalls Fiano a bit. 89pts

2011 Lyrarakis Dafni Crete 12%  $15

A bit soapy, and stony, and slighty chemical smelling in a cherry, melon, banana peel and sweet gum sort of way. this smells faintly of balsam with a bit of bone meal thrown in for good measure. After having said all that, this does smell good. Low and broad on the palate with integrated acidity supporting unusual grapefruit, strawberry and chalky mineral flavors all wrapped up in a balsam and dried floral cast. Decidedly different and rather exciting. I’d like to pair this up with some tandoori chicken and see what it does for a living. 88pts

2012 Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc Florina 13.5% $15


Nice grassy notes greet the nose followed by a touch of spice and talcum powder that has a floral accent note. There's plenty of zesty citrus fruit here and some nice melon notes. Balanced and round on entry, very smooth with bright supporting acidity, this is a bit of a paradox in the mouth with it's fine acid cut and round, voluptuous green fruit flavors that attack the back end of the palate before fading and letting the acidity take over not he modest fish. A bit large scaled but fairly elegant. 88pts

2011 Boutari Malagouzia Matsa Pallini 12.5% $25

Made with Organic Grapes

Restrained and low key on the nose with gently herbal earthy aromas and notes of dried citrus pith. Succulent acids greet the palate followed by a medium weight wine that shows subtle flavors of citrus, cider apples, quince, and un-ripe peach. The acidity here is bright but well buffered and the wine offers up a nice slightly angular yet smooth texture that powers through the moderately long finish on an acid driven vein of quince fruit. This is rather zesty and taut. 88pts

2012 Alpha Estate Axia Malagouzia 13% $11

Dried herb, white flowers, and perhaps a hint of vanilla all emerge slowly from the glass along with a touch of waxy, quince/passionfruit. Smooth and silky in the mouth, this has attractive if slightly simple flavors of unripe peach, kiwi and again a touch of quince all topped with gently woodsy floral notes. There's a nice combination of weight and power here, all driven by juicy acidity through the modest finish. A fun wine that would be great with grilled fish this summer. 87pts

2011 Ktima Biblia Chora Areti-Assyrtiko Pangeon 14% $20


Bright and high-toned not he nose with floral, lime and pear notes that show fantastic fruit blossom accents. A touch round and perhaps slightly on the sweet side, this shows off lots of sweet orchard fruit flavors over a fine spice of minerality. A bit simple but showing some textual complexity not he mouth with some dusty astringency that adds a nice bit of mouthgrab on the backend and through the moderately long citrus and mineral laden finish. This is pretty nice but the juxtaposition of all that minerality and the slightly fat fruit is a bit odd. 87pts

2010 Domaine Katsaros Chardonnay Krania 13.5% $34


Fairly oaky on the nose but not overly spicy with more sweet vanilla, marshmallow and cognac like notes over a base of light yellow fruits. Fairly large framed but also fairly front loaded in the mouth, this pops on entry with big, juicy flavors of apple and pineapple wrapped up in cotton candy and lightly marzipan flavors. There's plenty of supporting acidity here as well but there's less follow through on the palate than I'd like to see, though the finish is fairly long it is marked by some charry spice as well. 87pts