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Wines from Linos Winery at Omodos, Cyprus August 30, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Cyprus, Wine And Spirits.

Rodis Herodotou comes from Lapithos and served for years in the police force. Since 1974 he has lived in Limassol, buying a storehouse in the middle of Omodos village. The name given was Linos, which in Greek translates as big store house for making wine. His first wine was made in the late 70s. After 1991 he bought land outside the village, to the south, and built new premises, a new winery with all the latest technology and a house he now lives in.

N/V Anely’s, Linos Winery, Geographical Indication Limassol, Alcohol Volume 11% has been certified by Lacon to be made from grapes that have not been treated with fertilizers or pesticides. Slightly pale and yellow green in colour, the nose is grassy, herbal with sweet geranium and lemony citric aromas. Light to medium bodied, crisp and slightly acidic but with a good mouth feel with a faint hint of minerals, grapefruit citric fruit and a pleasant, not too lingering, tart finish. Served at 8-10 degrC, this wine will match spaghetti in creamy mushroom sauce.

The Grenache based N/V Linos Ros? Dry, Geographical Indication Limassol, Alcohol Volume 12% is intense, clear, strawberry in colour with a fruity nose of strawberry and cherry followed by delicious mocha herbs and spices. Moderate, light-medium palate, dry with good acidity, earthy, orange peel and racy watermelon aromas. It will enhance summer outdoor meals, pork chops and spare ribs in particular, equally appealing to have a glass on its own at 9 degrC.

2003 Linos Cabernet Sauvignon, Geographical Indicaton Limassol, Alcohol Volume 13%. We applaud the effort on this single red varietal, intense, deep red typical of Cabernet with concentrated blackberry and blackcurrant, dark chocolate, a hint of sage and black olive. The tannin is soft but substantial on this medium to full bodied wine. Not terribly complex, balanced with medium blackcurrant fruit and a touch peppery. Enjoy now with roast beef or slightly chilled at 16 degrC with lasagna.

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