2018 Domaine Foivos Nautilus WhiteBlend from Greece
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- 91 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
91 Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Nautilus white is a roughly equal blend of Muscatel, Muscat, Tsaousi and Vostilidi (a little heavier on the first two), unoaked and coming in at 12.5% alcohol. After bottling, this was aged in a cement tank filled with fresh water. The winery has been issuing some experimental (and very expensive) bottlings aged under water (whether seawater or fresh water) that I've reviewed in the past. This is a more commercial and affordable effort. Showing better body at the outset than most of the whites here, this retains the same fine structure. It has some similarity to the Pandrosos—perhaps a touch less aromatic but a bit rounder. If it is a little more neutral in aromatics than the Pandrosos, that is a relative thing—this grape blend won't ever be bland. Just for the better pricing, I'd take this, but which I liked better kept changing as the wines aired out and warmed up. We'll have to see how they age and develop for the tiebreaker, but at the moment I'd give the Pandrosos a slight edge for its steely demeanor. This has many virtues, though, including plenty of tension on the finish. The fruit flavors linger nicely, some dried pear and melon. It is a great finish. Although it will age decently, it will be great this summer. This might be the best intersection of quality and price in this tasting.
91 - Mark Squires - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Muscadelle, Muscat, Tsaousi, Vostilidi|
|Taste||orange, floral, peach, honey , pineapple, coriander, peach and grapey|
|Nose||orange, floral, peach, honey , grapey, coriander and peach|