Douloufakis Liatiko Dafnios 2015
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Liatiko Dafnios, from a grape little known outside of Crete, was aged for eight months in an equal mixture of new and used French oak. It comes in at 13.7% alcohol. This has been seen before, but it is always interesting to see how these lighter, fresher reds hold, especially since the 2016 is now here. This hardly seems to have budged since it was seen last year. Its structure is more impressive than its depth, but the vivid flavor is the most impressive part of this wine. As before, it has a raspberry tart nuance, given the hit of acidity that enlivens it. It reminds me of some cooler-climate Pinot Noir. It is a great choice for a summer red, in other words. It tastes great, but it is so refreshing that it will seem lively too. The fruit is always fresh and lifted. You can also drink it a bit on the cooler side and probably should. It will be interesting to see how it holds over the long haul, but right now it is very young and still rather tight, with a hit of tannins on the finish. The structure is downright impressive, actually. Between the acidity and the tannins, there should be no rush. It might even be better in a year or two. I've become a serious fan of this exuberant bottling. It's a super value too.