2017 Chateau Nico Lazaridi Red & 2014 Cavalieri Lazaridi Red, Nico Lazaridi

A few days ago I received two bottles of wines from Vinurile Nico Lazaridi, who are importing the wines of Nico Lazaridi Winery (Greece) in Romania… so I did the natural thing to do and I opened them.

First I went for the 2017’s Chateau Nico Lazaridi Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (30%) and Sangiovese (10%) that spends 12 months in oak barrels. The wine is produced by Nico Lazaridi Winery located in the Drama wine region, where they source grapes from around 80 ha of vineyards.

Nico Lazaridi winery are famous for their artsy labels, and the most renowned brand name wines of the winery – the Chateau Nico Lazaridi (white, rose and red) made no exception to this rule. 3 years ago they were given new labels crafted by Giorgios Taxidis.

In the glass, the wine captivates with aromas of dark sour cherries and blueberry backed by hints of black chocolate and spices. Medium body with very good acidity and young tannins. Bitter sweet finish.

A few day later I opened a bottle of 2014’s Cavalieri Lazaridi Red and I followed the guidelines I got from Vinurile Nico Lazaridi and decanted the wine 1 hour in advance.

It’s a blend of 35% Sangiovese, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Carbanet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot. The wine ages in new or second used oak barrels for 12 months.

In the glass it show a dark ruby colour. The nose, initially closed, didn’t reveal much, but after some time in the decanter you could smell the Greece: aromas of sun-dried tomatoes, spices and herbs. You could tell just by smelling that the wine was demanding an “meaty & earthy” dish. Very good acidity, medium body, chewy tannins, long finish. Definitely a gastronomic wine.

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