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Elia Blend 2016 - Karavitakis Winery
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ELIA BLEND 2016 - KARAVITAKIS WINERY

  Greece / Chania
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The rare blend from Crete that conquered America!

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Why do we love it?

Wherever Elia Blend 2016 of Karavitakis Winery appears, it steals the show. It's as if it's designed to be the perfect red wine for everyone, even if they have completely different taste. How can it be?

The answer is that Nikos Karavitakis knows very well what he is doing. While he was vinifying Elia Blend 2016 and had to make important decisions such as what type of barrel to use, knew exactly what wine he wanted to make. Nothing was accidental, everything was very carefully thought out. The goal was for Elia Blend to be able to conquer the demanding American audience. That means it had to be ready to compete with California’s iconic wines, with tremendous concentration, intense smokey and spicy character.

He started with great care in the vine and perfect phenolic ripening of the grape, that way he succeeded in having dense and luscious fruit. Aging in American oak barrels for 12 months gave it a bold, smokey and chocolatey character. The 3 varieties of the blend, Syrah, Grenache and Carignan, complement each other uniquely, making up a complex bouquet that really has it all.

Decant it, to unravel its complex character, put a dry aged steak next to it and thank us later.

COLOR

RED

AROMA

MEDIUM

BODY

FULL

ACIDITY

MEDIUM

Tastes Like

Deep purple-black color that prepares you for the monstrous concentration that will follow.

Blueberry, sour cherry, blackberry and plum blend harmoniously with notes of coconut, chocolate, vanilla, cedar, tobacco, pepper and caramel.

Rich body, with dense black fruit dominating, moderate tannins and balanced acidity.

Technical stuff
Color Red
Type Dry
Year 2016
Alcohol 14%
Origin Chania, Crete
Variety Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Aromas blueberry, sour cherry, blackberry, plum, coconut, chocolate, vanilla, cedar, tobacco, pepper, caramel
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique 12 months
Serving temperature 18ºC
Aging 8 years
Closure Cork
Organic No

ELIA BLEND 2016 - KARAVITAKIS WINERY

PAIR IT

with beef rib eye, black pig steaks or beef burger with barbeque sauce.

Beef stew with red wine

  • 1 kg of boneless beef cut into bits
  • 4 tbsps. flour
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil
  • 1 cup of dry red wine
  • 1 cube beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp. dry thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pack of small fresh mushrooms, whole
  • baby carrots
  • salt
  • pepper

 

 

Wipe the meat with kitchen paper to absorb excess moisture. Stir in a bowl 3 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, paprika and pepper and sprinkle the meat with the flour mixture.

Sautee the meat in hot olive oil in moderate to strong heat, stirring frequently,  for 4-6 minutes or until it acquires a golden brown color. Remove the meat from the pot. Add the red wine, stirring well to incorporate with the meat residues from the bottom of the pot.

Put the meat back in the pot and add the broth, thyme, bay leaf, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Once it starts boiling, cover the pot, lower the heat in half and allow the meat to cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally. You can accompany your meat with wild rice.

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