Estate: In an area with winemaking roots going back thousands of years, Dimitris Douloufakis became a pioneering force when he became one of the first winemakers in Crete to produce wines professionally in 1930. Today, his grandson, Nikolas, heads the estate. He studied Oenology in Italy [Instituto Tecnico Agrario di Stato “Umberto I” – Viticoltura ed Enologia, Alba], and faithfully preserves his grandfather’s traditions, along with utilizing modern technology. The 70 acres of hillside vineyards are certified organic. Located in in Dafnes, a village close to the famed city of Heraklion, they sit at elevations rising up to 1800 feet. The estate’s wines are consistently awarded many accolades, and Nikolas is known for his work with indigenous Cretan varietals.
Philosophy: “I belong to the third generation of winemakers in my family, following in the footsteps of my Grandfather and Father. Wine for me is much more than a simple word! It is my profession, my hobby, my pleasure! Engaged with wine, I am a part of a tradition and culture that counts more than four thousand years in this place!” -Nikos Douloufakis
Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel and aged for up to 12 months in used French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Transparent garnet in colour, with a mosaic of aromas; black cherry, strawberry, black pepper, sandalwood, vanilla bean, hint of funky earth all wrapped in a wisp of toasted oak. Rich layers of blackberry, black cherry, plum, wild strawberry, fig, black pepper and tobacco are accented by food friendly acidity and firm tannins. Dark fruit, licorice and toasted oak linger on the velvety finish. Lavish and plush, yet still retaining an easy drinking sensibility. Tasty on its own and a fantastic addition to the table.
Enjoy at 17C [62F]
Produced & Bottled by N. Douloufakis
Enjoy now thru 2023
Rated 90 points by Wine Advocate