These are the first ten wines that came to me when I was thinking about the most impressive wines I’ve had all year . I ordered them by price but appreciated all equally, though for different reasons.
“ 6) Domaine Economou Oikonomoy Liatiko 2006 (Crete, Greece)
Yannis Economou honed his chops in Barolo, Bordeaux and Germany before returning to the homeland in 1994. Blessed with a parcel of ungrafted vines planted by his family in the 70’s, he turned Economouinto Cretan powerhouse, drawing more attention to the island’s wines, in particular, the ancient grape Liatiko. Economou ferments in stainless steel tanks and ages the wine in neutral wood for two years. He releases them when he thinks they are ready to drink, so yes, the ’06 is the current release. It’s a little rustic –but not too barnyardy- with macerated cherries, truffles and spice. It reminds me a little bit of an older Barolo or Taurasi. There is plenty of acidity so while the tannins are relatively soft, I think it will age well over the next decade but you can drink it now, with pleasure.”