Loukatos Mavrodaphne of Patras
Wine SpectatorFruity and sweet, with good cut to the dark cherry, roasted plum and dried berry flavors. Asian spice and milk chocolate notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 150,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe NV MAVRODAPHNE OF PATRAS is a rather sweet iteration of Mavrodaphne, soft, gentle and delicious, with very tasty fruit and that rush of sugar. This inexpensive bargain is not, of course, a mature, intense Mavrodaphne, but it shows beautifully for its style and youth. With time and air, the sugar integrates and it shows more brightness and a little character while remaining quite delicious and aromatic. Drink it somewhat cool, around 60F; feel free to experiment. Although sometimes called "port like," note that it is only 15% alcohol. Note: This is technically a non-vintage wine. The particular bottling reviewed has a blue strip under the capsule with a "/11." These last a good while, depending on how you like them, but this easy, young style is not one principally aimed at aging. Note that it also comes with a synthetic cork. Drink now-2022.
Wine EnthusiastToasted nut, cedar and cigarbox aromas give thus lush dessert wine an earthy feel. On the palate, dried nuts and fruit flavors and a spicy finish entice. Pair with nuts, cheeses, fruit.