Accidentally or not, one day before Palm Sunday, Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni has prepared a real royal fest of flavors for those having fine tastes. It’s a new wine tasting, this time for Greek varieties – rated with over 90 Parker points; their stories will be told by the President of the Romanian Federation of Sommeliers.
“Taste the best of Greece!” Under this title, a new wine tasting has been announced for April 8, 2017, at the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni. It’s a sort of a modern “symposium”, with wines rated with over 90 Parker points or internationally awarded, being announced a refined menu and interesting stories about Greek wines, told by the President of the Romanian Federation of Sommeliers, Laurentiu Avram Ichim. The organizers themselves explained the Greek challenges made to the taste buds: “Wine has been an important part of the Greek culture for over 4,000 years, as indicated by the many archeological discoveries in Greece. Ancient Greeks knew very well the nutritive value of wine, and it became an inseparable art of their day-to-day living. They were organizing intellectual meetings called “symposia”, where food and wine were accompanying the philosophical themes”.
As for the wines which are going to be presented, these are: Ktima Gerovassiliou – Malagousia 2015, a wine rated with more than 90 Parker Points, having a bright pale yellow color with green shades and a flavor of ripe fruits, such as pear, mango and citrus. This wine is entirely made from Malagousia Greek grapes variety, saved from extinction by the efforts made by Vangelis Gerovassiliou. After the contact with slid parts, aimed to increase the extraction of flavors, the wine is partially fermented in the barrel, then it is aged in yeast for several months, gaining a deeper flavor and floral flavors. The rich flavors of lemon peel on the palate make the wine more attractive, adding a well-balanced final. Rapsani Grande Reserve 2009 Tsantali – Wine & Spirits Magazine – rated with 94/100 & TOP 100 Wines in the World. This wine describes a dense purple color, sweet cherry brandy flavors, fruit cake, licorice, olives and spices. It has a fabulous texture, with a frim tannin structure. Thema Rose 2015 Pavlidis Estate – 89 Parker Points. This wine with an intense pink color expresses itself by elegant flavor of strawberries and raspberries, on a mineral background. The alcohol is well-balanced on the palate, providing sweetness and a long final, with a small part of ripe red fruits on the roof of the mouth. Diaporos 2012 Kir-Yianni – 92 Parker points – Decanter World Wine Awards – Bronze Medal. It has a dark red color, almost blue, very different from the traditional Xinomavro wines. On the nose, the bouquet consists of ripe black fruits, plums, cigarette papers, black chocolate, golden tobacco and pepper. Wine Grand Cru 2012 Eos Samos – Decanter World Wine Awards – Bronze Medal. Grand Cru is the Samos wine appreciated worldwide. Its origins are in the selected terroirs and it embodies a Vin Doux Naturel. The palate is equally well done, fresh and carefully balanced between sweetness and acidity.
As for the menu prepared for the above mentioned refined wines, it is also extremely refined: salmon tartar with avocado and mango and teriyaki sauce; mini ravioli with shrimp and parmesan sauce; chicken breast with crisp panko, mixed mushrooms; crown lamb with beet mousse and glase potatoes; cheese plate.
We mention that system of awarding points established by Robert Parker – probably the most famous wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate – is given by a scale that starts from 50 and goes up to 100 quality points.
Specifically, when a wine is rated with 96 to 100 Parker Points, it means that the wine is extraordinary, with a profound and complex character, having all the expected attributes from a classical wine in its variety. Therefore, the wines of this caliber are worthy to benefit from the effort of purchasing and consuming them. If the wine is rated with 90 to 95 Parker Points, it’s a remarkable and complex wine, with exceptional features. When the wine is rated with 80 to 89 Parker Points, it is a wine slightly above average to a very good wine, having various degrees of complexity, as well as a character without perceptible deficiencies. 70 to 79 Parker Points are granted to an average wine with little distinction, except that it’s a full bodied wine. When 60 to 69 Parker Points are granted, it is an average wine with noticeable deficiencies, such as acidity or excessive tannins, a lack of taste, possible dirty flavors or other odors. A wine rated with 50 to 59 Parker Points is an unacceptable wine.