By Jamie Drummond
2009 Domaine Douloufakis “Enotria” Rosé Crete Greece (LCBO Vintages# 169391) $11.95
For most rosé is a seasonal indulgence, and I can completely understand why. I, however, have been known to open up rosé well into the autumnal months, almost always enjoying a bottle or two with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
What with our Summer coming to a rather abrupt end over the past week, I found myself running out to grab a few bottles of rosé to enjoy with the very last vestiges of the warmer months. I ended up picking out three bottles of an organic wine I had previously enjoyed earlier this year in the sunny climes of Crete. Upon revisiting the wine I was immediately transported to my happy times there… which was a very good thing, considering just how chilly it has become as of late.
I’d like to draw your attention to the label. I can distinctly remember being immediately drawn to the clean contemporary style of the packaging, something I feel that many a Greek producer would greatly benefit from when exporting to this market.
The “Enotria” Rosé is produced by Domaine Douloufakis and is composed of the indigenous Kotsifali grape and the international varietal Syrah (60% Kotsifali/40% Syrah) The wine is rather simple and yet quite delightful, with some extremely pleasant ripe red berry fruit, pomegranate and a hint of spice on the nose. The palate is round and soft but with just enough perky acidity to make this the perfect foil for some grilled chicken on the barbecue. I would highly recommend that you pick up some of the Enotria while the sun still shines!