"The 2012 Mavrotragano was aged for 12 months in 500-liter French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Santorini provides an awesome number of values in its white wines, but the trend of producing Mavrotragano has not led to the same good pricing in reds. The quantities are usually small, for one thing, and the reds are relatively rare. The wines, happily, have been increasingly impressive and Argyros is certainly of the best producers. It is easy to see how they are gaining sophistication and becoming worthy of some bucks. Sourced from vines averaging 20-30 years of age, this has silky texture, impeccable balance and a very graceful presentation. Just like its 2011 predecessor, there is simply a feeling of old school finesse and refinement here. You taste it and you begin thinking of some of the world's greats. Finishing with flavor and increasing grip, it does need to pull in some oak and replace it with complexity. It should do that. The oak is not overly intrusive even now. I held it open for 90 minutes and the oak blew off while the wine demonstrated more grip on the finish in its very classy and understated way. This has all the earmarks--although not quite the same flavor profile--of fine Bordeaux. The longer it sat and aired out, the better it got. A year or two in the cellar wouldn't hurt, but it is approachable. The final question it will have to answer in the cellar: will it hold gracefully for a reasonable time? I think it will."