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Mavrodaphne Kourtake NV

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A full-bodied red dessert wine that dates back to 1854, Mavrodaphne has a rich yet delicate taste and a Port style aroma with hints of coffee, toffee and rich, spicy nuts. Refined raisin and black cherry fruit flavors are layered with smoky, caramel tones.

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Boutari:
Boutari's Santorini winery opened in 1989 and has been named one of the most beautiful wineries in the world for the past several years. It's architecture is similar to that of the islands highly recognizable dome structure. Boutari has played a significant role in the resurgence and cultivation of the island's viticulture. The winery is located between Faros and Akrotiri, but the vineyards a... Read more
Boutari's Santorini winery opened in 1989 and has been named one of the most beautiful wineries in the world for the past several years. It's architecture is similar to that of the islands highly recognizable dome structure. Boutari has played a significant role in the resurgence and cultivation of the island's viticulture. The winery is located between Faros and Akrotiri, but the vineyards are located in various spots throughout the island. Santorini has a relatively small landscape and the majority of the island is dedicated to tourism - a constant fight for the wineries on the island. Boutari's estate is open for tours and tastings and has a small kitchen for light fare. A small movie theater is also located on the premises that showcases an educational video explaining the history of Santorini's wine culture. Throughout the year, the theater is also open for regular movie viewing - a major draw for many of the island's residents. The vineyard, planted in 1992, cover approximately 6 hectares of land. Because of the islands unique climate Boutari follows Santorini's traditional basket-trained method of grape growing, which protects the grapes from harsh winds and extreme heat. The vines are generally left to grow with little interference from the winemaker for the duration of the season. Low rainfall is offset by the porous character of the soil, pumice stone, as it absorbs the rain that falls in the winter. Additionally, the morning fog and humidity of the island provide additional moisture to the vines. The baskets, known as "koulara" are woven as they grow and are often as old as 75 years old when a new vine will be grown on to the original roots.The age of the original roots is unknown, but is said to date back thousands of years. The island is one of the few viticultural areas of the world that has not been affected by phyloxera - the volcanic soil accounts for the vines immunity as phyloxera can not live without clay. For this reason, the plants are pruned low, in the shape of a basket. The grapes are grown in the center, and are thus protected from the strong winds. They absorb and maintain humidity from the dense night fog. The soil is sandy, of volcanic nature, and covered with scoria, lava and pumice stone. These particular to the area conditions result in a relatively limited production, early ripening and good hygiene conditions for the grapes. Boutari's Santorini wines align with those of the rest of the island consisting of native, local white varieties, such as Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. Boutari prime labels are Santorini and Nykteri as well as the dessert wine made from dried grapes, Vinsanto. Read less

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Snooth User: duncan 906
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4.00 5
04/02/2012

I got given this at Christmas.Greek wine cellars was founded by the Kourtaki family in the 19th century and they still own it and it is now Greece's largest wine producer and exporter.The wine is made near the town of Patras from the Mavrodaphne grape,a variety that goes back to antiquity and is unique to Greece.The wine is 15%ABV as it is slightly fortified and has a very sweet and fruity taste reminiscent of dates or raisins.I t would make a good aperitif or a good accompaniment to a plate of bread and cheese which is how I had it.It is a good alternative to a port as it has less alchol and more fruit.The only similar wine I have had is a Banyuls from the South of France


Snooth User: annieok76
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2.00 5
06/09/2010

This wine was recommended to me as a good sweet dessert wine so I only have me and my husbands opinion to give. It is very sweet and it packs a punch, there is a lot of alcohol in this wine. However, it is very prune flavored or perhaps raisin flavored with a smokiness. I am not a wine expert by any means its just my 2 cents.


Snooth User: bocciholchi
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3.00 5
12/28/2010

This wine is very sweet. It is actually the sweetest red I have ever had. Raisin in very strong opening into dates. This would be excellent as a desert wine with dark chocolate.


Snooth User: Derek Ashton1
2757765
5.00 5
10/12/2009

A truly rich and fruity wine.


Snooth User: Tadek
3927914
0.00 5
02/25/2010

Very good,full taste,rich body,sometimes a little bit similar to madeira


Snooth User: samb425
578366128
1.50 5
02/04/2011

One and a half glasses


External Reviews for Mavrodaphne Kourtake

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/30/2014

Think figs and molasses and you’ll be close to the flavor of this wine, a rich, heavy red for nut cakes.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/28/2014

A sweet dessert wine produced from the Mavrodaphne grape near the city of Patra. Its production method is similar to that of port wines. The wine is then aged for twelve months in oak barrels. It is medium bodied with a sweet dried fruit and raisin flavor. - Winery


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This thick, purple mavrodaphne reserve has gone the way of a tawny Port, age simultaneously lightening and deepening its flavors. Now the fruit is more baked apple and apricot, while the freshness has turned to truffle, spice and deep caramel. Most remarkably, the sweetness has mellowed considerably, giving plenty of ripe flavors while finishing light and clean. Pour it with sweet rusks at the end of the meal.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

Fruity and sweet, with good cut to the dark cherry, roasted plum and dried berry flavors. Asian spice and milk chocolate notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Deep amber color and concentrated aromas of dates and raisins introduce this clean and balanced Greek dessert wine, similar in style to a tawny Port. The hazelnut flavors last through a smooth finish.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/15/2014

Light and raisiny, with notes of cardamom and cinnamon to the dried sweet cherry and wild plum flavors. A hint of mint shows on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/06/2014

Toasted nut, caramel and sweet cedar aromas are followed by hot, spicy flavors, rounded by sweet cherry and vanilla. Earthy but a touch flirty, this wine has an indigenous appeal.


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A full-bodied red dessert wine that dates back to 1854, Mavrodaphne has a rich yet delicate taste and a Port style aroma with hints of coffee, toffee and rich, spicy nuts. Refined raisin and black cherry fruit flavors are layered with smoky, caramel tones.

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