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Amethystos Cava, Domaine Costa Lazaridi

Amethystos Cava, Domaine Costa Lazaridi

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The very low yield per hectare of a uniquely selected Cabernet Sauvignon is the cradle of this deep-red overflowing wine. The attractive result is spicy and exciting to the smell, with shades of chocolate, coffee, raspberry and gooseberry, while its strong tannins offer a characteristic long-lasting after-taste.

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Cava Amethystos, by Kostas Lazaridis from the Drama Region, is probably Greece's best Cabernet Sauvignon and one of the best international varietal reds the country produces, with an amazingly constant level of quality between vintages. That said, the 2004 is to me this wine's best vintage since the magnifficent 2001 and 1999.

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Region: Drama, Greece

Wine Making: The very low yield per hectare of a uniquely selected Cabernet Sauvignon is the cradle of this deep-red overflowing wine. Cava Amethystos matures for 15-18 months within new oak barrels from the Allier woods in France, then ages undisturbed in its bottle, in specially arranged underground cellars, for another 24 months.

Tasting Characteristics: Dark purple. Magnifficent black cherry, blackberry, roast meat and menthol aromas on the nose. Full-bodied and powerful, with firm tanins, generous fruit and high acidity in perfect balance. The attractive result is spicy and exciting to the smell, with shades of chocolate, coffee, raspberry and gooseberry, while its strong tannins offer a characteristic long-lasting after-taste. Enjoyable now but with potential to improve over the next 5 years and drink well for another 5 or more.

Food Pairings: Pairs with steak, rich red sauces and game.

Domaine Constantin Lazaridi with the distinctive title "Chateau Julia" was founded in the community of Adriani in Drama in 1992. It evolved from a small company of the Lazaridi family, which 25 years ago started producing small quantities of wine. The love and dedication to vine cultivation and wine, led to the decision to organise and expand this activity. Starting with a small 10 hectare vineyard they cultivate today over 200 hectares with the nobles Greek and international varieties maintaining low yields to ensure the best possible quality of raw material.

Their winery covering 13.000 square metres, has to show the most modern equipment in wine making: fully equipped laboratories, pneumatic presses, stainless steel vinification and storage tanks with an electronic temperature control system, automatic bottling machines and all the necessary underground, air-conditioned cellars. They also have areas for the reception of visitors with the necessary audio and visual equipment for seminars and conferences up to 150 people.

Similar to the attention they pay to the quality of their wines is the attention they pay to the presentation of their bottles. Their labels are designed by a well known local artist Yannis Nanos. They also make sure that the rest of the packaging materials, from corks to cartons are the best there is.

From the beginning they gave great emphasis on exports in order for their products to compete in the difficult international market. Beginning with Germany they now export to England, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic Romania and Spain as well as the United States, Japan, and Canada.

They take part in the most prestigious international exhibitions and competitions and overall they have won over 400 medals and commendations, many of which gold.

Awards in International Wine Competitions
Commendation, Vinitaly '97, Verona
Silver medal, Selections Mondial '98, Montreal
Commendation, Vinitaly '98, Verona
Silver medal, International Wine Challenge '98, England
Silver medal, Selections Mondial '98, Montreal
Gold medal, Challenge International du Vin '98, Blaye-Bourg, Bordeaux
Silver medal, 1st International Wine Competition, Thessaloniki 1999
Commendation, Vinitaly '99, Verona
Silver medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition 1999, England
Silver medal, International Wine Challenge '99, England
Silver medal, Wine & Spirits Competition 2000, China
Commendation, Vinitaly 2000, Verona
Commendation, Selections Mondial 2000, Montreal
Silver medal, International Wine Challenge 2000, England
Silver medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2000, England
Gold Medal, International Wine Competition of Thessaloniki 2001, Greece
Best Regional Wine of Greece, International Wine competition of Thessaloniki 2001, Greece
Best Red Wine of Northern Greece,International Wine competition of Thessaloniki 2001, Greece
Commendation, Vinitaly 2001, Verona
Silver medal, Challenge International Du Vin 2002, Bordeaux - France
Commendation, Vinitaly '02, Verona - Italy

Additional Information

Vintage 2005
Region Drama, Macedonia
Producer Costa Lazaridi Domaine
Variety Cabernet Sauvignon

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