Tuesday, December 22, 2020

2019 Oenops Apla Dry Rosé: The Beauty of Simplicity

"Simplicity is not a simple thing."
--Charlie Chaplin

It was surprising to me to see a quote by Charlie Chaplin on the label of a Greek wine, but if it's relevant, then why not use it?

Oenops Wines was founded in 2015 by Nikos Karatzas, who previously studied in Bordeaux and worked as the winemaker at Ktima Pavlidis. The name of the winery, Oenops, means "wine-face," and there is mention of an Oenops in The Odyssey. The winery is now located in an old pie factory in a building just outside Drama in Eastern Macedonia. Nikos sources grapes from vineyards in Drama and Macedonia, carefully choosing what he desires for his wines. 

The 2019 Oenops Apla Dry Rosé ($14.99) is a blend of indigenous grapes, 50% Xinomavro, 30% Limniona, and 20% Mavroudi, all from sustainable vineyards which are 15-45 years old. The grapes are fermented in concrete tanks and the wine is aged on the lees for about four months before bottling. 

The wine's name, Alpa, means "simply or plainly" and reflects Chaplain's quote. It seems that this Rosé is intended to be a simple wine, something easy drinking. It certainly is easy drinking, though it is far from simple, being fairly complex, especially at its low price point. With a 12.8% ABV, this Rosé has a rich pink color and an appealing nose of red fruits and citrus, and a savory hint. On the palate, it is crisp and dry, with delicious flavors of strawberry, cherry and hints of savory, almost a touch of tomato. The finish pleasantly lingers and it's a nicely balanced wine. 

A nice value Rosé that over delivers at its price point.

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