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We Drink An Appealing Greek Wine Made From Xinomavro


We have drunk several good wines this past week and this is one of them.  During my last visit to MacArthur Beverages John pointed out some new selections from Western Australia along with this wine from Greece.  The Thymiopoulos family grew grapes for several generation but until recently the fruit was sold to other wineries.  When Apostolos Thymiopoulos completed his oenology studies he returned to the vineyards where he started producing estate bottled wines.  The vineyards contained 35-50 year old vines.  In an effort to increase vine density Apostolos started replanting plots in 2007.  His flagship wine, Uranos, is only made from vines which are 15 years of age or older.  With these young vines now producing suitable fruit he created a new wine for the young fruit aptly named Young Vines.  This wine is made from Xinomavro (“acid black”) sourced from vineyards at Trilofos and Fytia located at the southern tip of Naoussa.  Naoussa is located in the northern part of Greece.  It became  the country’s first appellation in 1971.  During the winter there is snow on Mount Vermio but the summers are exceedingly dry.  The soils contain limestone bedrock and volcanic mixtures at altitude of 180-450 meters.

I highly recommend you try this wine.  This may easily become a daily drinker for your household!

2009 Thymiopoulos Vineyards, Xinomavro, Young Vines, Naoussa – $15
Imported by Athenne Importers & Distributors. This wine is 100% Xinomavro.  The fruit is from 5-15 year old vines.  It is fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, undergoes malolactic fermentation, then aged for three months with 70% in tank and 30% in used barrels which originally held the Uranos wine.  The color is a light ruby with a garnet rim.  There is a well-done, scented nose with floral and cinnamon-like aromas along with a sweet undertone.  In the mouth there is light to medium bodied red fruit, some weight, and fresh acidity.  The flavors follow the nose, with a cooler climate aspect, and a tart finish with pleasing tannins.  *** Now-2015.

  1. Kathleen Winslow
    March 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I’ll be looking for it in Albuquerque! Kak

  1. March 24, 2012 at 9:37 am
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