PDO Nemea, In Koutsi vineyard; 14% abv; 17€
I don't mean it disrespect when I say that this is kind of a Greek Merlot - it's actually much more interesting and tasty than most Merlot I've tried. But in a way its plummy, generically dark toned fruit and the palate's lowish acidity and sweet, smooth fruitiness does remind me a bit of Merlot.
Add to that a slight oaky touch and some surprisingly firm tannins on the finish and the likeness strengthens.
I don't have a huge amount of experience with Greek varieties but I think I find Xinomavro a bit more interesting - at least of these "major" red grapes. It seems to have more interesting aromas and tougher structure, whereas Agiorgitiko seems to go more towards a safe, easy, Merlot-kind of profile. Though still much more interesting than Merlot. Though now all you Greek geeks can tell me I'm completely wrong and that I've misunderstood these grapes because of the tiny sample size I have of them! :D