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2018 Douloufakis Dafnios Vidiano

Crete, Greece

Bright textural white from Greek antiquity.

$27.00

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About the Wine

If you’re adventurous, you’ll delight in this new find from a place of real antiquity. Vidiano is a rare white grape from the island of Crete, offering up a stylish, textural white with depth.

Fleshy with yellow pear, honeysuckle florals and lovely lemon zestiness, if you’re into comparisons, it’s a little like Pinot Gris with a touch more flair. Like other white grapes revived from near extinction (think Arneis, Viognier), Vidiano’s a tricky variety that doesn’t produce big crops. But dedicated organic growers like Douloufakis, sensitively ferment and age in stainless steel to maintain bright fruit and freshness.

You'll love this distinctive white with the bold spice and smoke of barbecued seafood.

About Doloufakis

The tradition and history of Douloufakis Family in vineyard cultivation in Crete and production started in 1930 when Dimitris Douloufakis first established professional wine production in old traditional premises.

Nowadays the family's vineyard cultivation and wine-production tradition is continued by the grandson Nikolas Douloufakis.

Nikolas Douloufakis studied winemaking in Alba. Vineyards are certified 100% organic and span over 70 acres of rolling hills in the Dafnes sub-region

The family owned vineyards are certified 100% organic and span over 70 acres of rolling hills in the Dafnes sub-region. Other grapes are sourced from farmers who cultivate their own vineyards in the same area.

Douloufakis vineyards
Douloufakis vineyards
Crete, Greece
Additional Info

From the Producer

Vidiano is an ancient Cretan variety which was fading into extinction before being revived by young winemakers like Nikolas and the Alexakis brothers.

All grapes from the Dafnes area, some bought in. Elevations about 350 m on clay-limestone. Yiannis Karakasis MW describes it the Vidiano grape as offering, lovely discretely perfumed wine that expresses a Viognier - like character with a dense core of apricot fruit and a satiny texture, yet there is a lot of crispiness and vivacity.

100% Vidiano made entirely in steel.

Blend : Vidiano (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

Douloufakis winery
Douloufakis winery
Crete, Greece
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

88Points
The Wine Advocate

The 2018 Vidiano Dafnios is unoaked, dry and comes in at 13% alcohol. This has beautiful purity of fruit, as always, a sense of elegance and a fresh feel. I'm not sure it has as much power and depth as in some years, but it seems like the essence of the grape. The finish is long, tasty and delicious. At the price point, you can't go wrong. - Mark Squires (The Wine Advocate)

16Points
Jancis Robinson

Deep straw colour with green highlights. Lemon sherbet with leafy notes though a relatively light nose. Quite full and fruity on the mid palate but with quite enough acidity. A little bite on the end suggests this won't fall off its perch in a hurry. - Jancis Robinson (Jancis Robinson)

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