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Coming to us from Greece, this red offers so much for the sub $20 range. Herbal, spice, dried berries, and tomato tickle the nose. Light and dry on its feet, it unfolds nicely on the palate with earthy tones and licorice. This Xinomavro-based wine has a very good length that ties everything together, leaving an excellent lasting impression. Great value. Tasted February 2013.
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Garnet-brickish colour in the glass, which suggests its age, this is an interesting, traditional Old World style of wine. The nose is dominated by dried red/tart cherry fruit, oak spice, and earthy and herbaceous notes. It's medium-light bodied with quite high acid and tannins that are somewhat high as well (reminiscent of nebbiolo). The finish is long with the sour cherry and herbaceousness notes most dominant. Amazing value for fans of this style. Tasted February 2013.
100% agree with JS.
Xinomavro is still new to me, but I am truely enjoying it. A great alternative to Italian and is always an interesting wine to bring to a friend's for dinner or as a gift.
Very nicely paired with tomato based dishes.
Tasted February 2013.
Sour cherry/raspberry nose with loads of supporting woodsyness, liquorice and mild tobacco. The palate is very firm and dry with tart cherry & herbal earthiness. Lots of flavour here wound in an old world kind of austerity that is very refreshing and pure.
Often compared to Italy’s Nebbiolo grape used for the making of Barolo wine, this variety is again demonstrating its ability to produce big-bodied red wines with the potential to age well and develop added complexity. Having spent 2 years in oak barrels and another 2 in bottle, this has sufficient body to hold up for another, impressive stretch of 12-15yrs.
With flavours of vanilla, cocoa, red berry and cherries, it’s both tart and earthy which is fairly typical of nutty Naoussa style wines. Try serving with grilled meats, heavier casseroles, porcini risotto and hard cheeses.
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The comparison to Nebbiolo is certainly applicable here. Even its brick colour is similar to Nebbiolo. Despite 6+ years of age, the tannin is still firm (just like, you know...), with tart acidity and bright, earthy sour cherry flavours. Remarkably complex and long finishing for such a modestly priced wine. Just a superb red in the best old world tradition. Tasted Feb 2014.