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A Pair of Greek Wines For Now and Later


This post features two radically different examples of Xinomavro both of which you should try.  This third vintage of 2012 Thymiopoulus Vineyards, Xinomavro Young Vines that we tasted continues to provide satisfaction from the first glass.   I might give an edge to the 2010 vintage but this still deserves to be a part of your daily rotation.  The 2009 Kir-Yianni Estate, Xinomavro, Ramnista has the potential to be really good in several years time.  There is an earthy component in the nose and in the mouth which I was strongly attracted to.  However, this wine is very young right now.  I took my tasting note on the third day but continued to follow the wine for two more days!  I would taste this again in a few years to see how it is evolving.   These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2012 Thymiopoulus Vineyards, Xinomavro Young Vines, Naoussa – $15
Imported by Athenne Importers & Distributors.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a good nose of fresh and ripe strawberries.  In the mouth were red and black fruit, pleasing tannins, and an exotic floral flavor.  It had a grapey structure and a little upfront weight to the fresh and ripe fruit.  Nice.  ** Now-2017.

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2009 Kir-Yianni Estate, Xinomavro, Ramnista, Naoussa – $22
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is 100% Xinomavro sourced from selected blocks on lighter soils.  Alcohol 14%.  There was a beautiful, earthy nose but in the mouth the flavors were dialed down tight.  There were blacker fruit, a hint of earth, and some very fine drying tannins.  The wine turned tart with graphite in the finish.  Definitely interesting but really needs time.  **(*) 2016-2026.

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