…which you’ll be glad you have when you realize you also want a case of a Cretian red: Oikonomoy 2006 Liatiko from Domaine Economou. It’s $37.50 and only available in 12′s through Oenopole, but it’s not getting any worse any time soon. So if you can make the investment in a genius red, go for it:
Oikonomoy 2006 Liatiko Crete red Volcanic soil Fresh, young, but perfect for drinking now. Not too big. Tannic but not too much Surprise spice that only comes at the end, but not too much
Crete 2006, Sitia, Domaine Economou ($42.00, private import, NLA) 100% organically farmed Liatiko from 65- to 75-year-old dry-farned, low-yielding, ungrafted vines grown on the Ziros plateau in eastern Crete. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Matured in French oak barrels. Natural except for a minimal shot of sulphur dioxide at bottling. 13.5% ABV. Quebec agent: oenopole.
A transporting, umami-rich nose of dried cherry, blackberry, sun-baked earth and leather with hints of cocoa and dried orange peel. Against all expectations for such a southern wine, medium-bodied (if the frequent comparisons to Barolos have merit, it’s mainly with respect to the wine’s body and weight). Dry. Lightly structured, with supple tannins and lively acidity. The layers of flavour range from fresh and dried fruit (including fig) to spice, dark minerals, Mediterranean scrub and old wood. The wine’s affirmed presence lasts through the long, savoury finish. At this stage, less structured and ethereal than the 2000 opened a few months ago but still special, even unique. One of the great Mediterranean reds. (Buy again? Imperatively.)
Our Domaine is situated at Ziros plateau in Sitia/Crete. We produce wines from native and int. varieties, from our vineayrds, the most east-south vineyards in Europe (650m altitude). We also produce extra virgin olive oil from our olive groves in Zakros, Katsidoni and Lastros. The Olive Oil is produced by the first cold crushing of Koroneiki variety olives in our olive oil mill. ---