Troupis "Pitys" Retsina NVRegular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
DIRECT PRESS SELECTION | June, 2021
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A modern take on the Greek classic. Retsina has been produced in Greece for at least 2,000 years. Initially created out of necessity, winemakers began sealing their clay amphoras with Aleppo Pine resin in order to prevent their wines from oxidizing and spoiling. The finished wine then became infused with piney aromas and flavors, and the style became synonymous with wine production of the islands. Despite oenological advancements in the proceeding centuries that made the use of resin obsolete, the style remained popular and is still produced today.
The Troupis Retsina is named "Pitys" after the nymph in Greek legend that transformed into a pine tree to escape Pan. This elegant interpretation of the style is much more subdued than other Retsina's we tasted during the process of selected the June wines. Mass produced Retsina's use excess pine resin to mask the flavor of their poorly made wine, and this version puts the wine in the leading role, and the resin flavors in the passenger seat. 100% Assyrtiko, fermented with native yeast, aged in large, old oak barrels, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. The nose is loaded with salty citrus backed by subtle green woodsy pine, carrying over on the palate with lots of ripe stone fruit and delicate menthol notes. Rich and layered, this is unlike any other Retsina out there.
Great with hard cheeses, spring salads with green goddess dressing and as a surprising mixer in gin and vodka cocktails. [Kirk Sutherland, May 2021]