Mavrodaphne from the Mountains – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Mavrodaphne from the Mountains


Mavrodaphne was traditionally used for dessert wines in Greece. Evriviadis Sclavos broke with that tradition in 1996, launching his dry version. Made from old, own-rooted bush vines farmed biodynamically since that first vintage, this 2018 is soft and velvety. It smells like a red from Cephalonia’s mountains, with notes of bay laurel, wild berries, limestone, cinnamon bark and sea salt; it feels quiet, contemplative, with nothing pushed or showy about it. It’s compelling, and sustains that interest for days after opening.

DNS Wines/T. Elenteny Imports, NY

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Sclavos 2018 Slopes of Aenos Orgion Mavrodaphne

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is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe and Argentina for the magazine.


This story appears in the print issue of August 2021.
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