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Senior editor and tasting director Bruce Sanderson joined Wine Spectator in 1993. His tasting beats are Burgundy, Italy and Germany.
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An Ancient, Aromatic Grape

Gerovassiliou Malagousia Epanomi 2010

Bruce Sanderson
Posted: July 2, 2012

At Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour in Washington, D.C., this past spring, I first tasted this wonderful white from Greece. Later I purchased the 2010 for $23 a bottle, a delicious companion for grilled scallop and shrimp kebabs.

Vangelis Gerovassiliou revived his family estate, located in the Epanomi region of central Macedonia, beginning in 1981. Its 138 acres of contiguous vineyards are close to the sea and consist of sand, clay and limestone soils rich in marine fossils.

Gerovassiliou is reputed to be the first in recent years to work with the almost extinct Malagousia grape. Its peachy, apricot and tropical fruit aromas remind me of a mix of Riesling and Viognier. However, on the palate, it is rich and fleshy, with good stony intensity too (89 points, non-blind).

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