Bargain Greek Wine under $10! P. Dimitropoulos & Co. “Sant’ Or,” 2012

By Lauren Loeffler

This is an easy drinking, organic red wine for well under $10. If this is something that piques your fancy, read on.

This bottling is made from the Agiorgitiko varietal, the most widely planted varietal in Greece. This varietal is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to make table wines, and typically has low acidity, bold fruit flavors, and rich, deep, coloring.

This expression is certainly fruity. The Sant’ Or is ripe, and smells like freshly picked berries. The smooth, surprisingly light body features a jammy plum flavor – think pie coming out of the oven – and definitely has a residual sweetness that manages to take the edge off of a wine with 13% ABV. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels, the sweet fruit is rounded out with a hint of vanilla from the wood influence.

While this may not be a breathtaking representation of Greek viticulture, it is a simple, tasty option in the inexpensive price range, making it a nice choice to keep on hand.

This producer also offers a white version, made from 100% Roditis, which is a great table companion to this bottling.