Douloufakis Liatiko Dafnios 2017
Aromas of red currants, dark chocolate and black cherry start this delicious red from Crete. Structured and focused on the palate, its flavors of red berry and spices have a refined overall character.
The 2017 Liatiko Dafnios was aged for 12 months in used French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Round and approachable this year, it is full of flavor, showing plums and black cherries. It is very dry, though, not candied. There is also not a lot of lift to the fruit this year, but it seems fresh enough. It also feels full in the mouth, at least for the price level, and nicely textured as well. It is pretty much ready to drink now. Some years have been a bit more intense, but the tannins are mostly ripe here. That's not to say this lacks for structure, only that its balance will allow it to be drunk a bit younger. At the price level, you cannot go wrong on this interesting red. It might still be able to improve a bit.