Hatzidakis’ Nykteri is a varietal wine, 100 percent Assyrtiko, and 15% alcohol by volume. At four years from harvest, the wine has acquired the amber hue of bottle age and aromatic suggestions of almond and hazelnuts, but the fruit is still forward—if mature—offering guava, mango, and something like roasted peaches. Texturally this is a substantial wine, and the alcohol suggests a measured pace.
It’s a natural with roasted poultry. Or pair it with a cheese course groaning with rich, aged, and complicated offerings: washed rind, old Gouda, Comté or other cooked, pressed cow’s milk delicacies.
15% abv | current vintage about $45 (sample) | Imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons