2011 Foundi "Estate" Xinomavro Naoussa Greece SKU #1366495

Price: $19.99

RP 95 DC 91
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  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose in this wine is wild, gamey and is showing a lot of emerging secondary and tertiary aromatics. On the palate the wine is bold, tannic, and decisive with a broad richness in the center while the flavors show, earth, leather, middle-eastern spice and mild fruit compote. The finish is leathery, structured showing layers of tannin and lots of evolving earth flavors. This is a wine for those who like it big, bold and definitely rustic; I’d pair this wine with some Moussaka or roast goat.
    Drink from 2018 to 2022
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    It's good fun to check out an example of Greece's famous Naoussa wine with a bit of bottle age, as these are wines that lend themselves well to ageing. Here we have aromas and flavors of fresh and dried strawberries, thyme, sun dried tomato and an earthy quality emerging as well. The acidity is well defined and the tannins, appropriate for the grape variety, provide plenty of grip. Think Barbaresco, with a slightly more wild and rustic streak, but also a friendlier price tag! Recommended.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is one of the best red Greek wines of any variety I've ever had. There is a hefty dose of structure from the grape tannin here, though it comes across as an integral part of the grape, not as a competing force. Savory elements balance against dark red fruits and the unique flavor profile is exciting and atypical. This is going to make an excellent food wine with its brambly, herbal character.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Greek wines have really come to the forefront of my radar in the last few years. The whites have been quite magical for some time with the perfumed Moschofileros that sit somewhere between dry Muscat and Viognier on the aromatic scale and the Assyrtikos of Santorini which have been critical darlings for their viscosity and intensity reminiscent of Grand Cru Chablis (but with their own schtick). What about the reds though? Most have been juicy and a touch over-ripe but fun to drink with souvlaki or grilled lamb. But now, I think we have hit the turning point and that comes with the grape called Xinomavro (ksee-NOH-mah-vroh). The grape is often referred to as the Nebbiolo of Greece and it's easy to see why (the grape translates to acid-black) with its bright acidity and leathery tannins and black fruit notes. It has similar smoky gamy qualities too that make it the perfect foil for all the meaty dishes on the Greek (or Mediterranean table). The Foundi estate bottling comes from a single parcel in the hills of Naoussa, one of northern Greece's best regions for Xinomavro production. Other greats from the region have included Karydas (also a single vineyard project) and Kir-Yianni. The Foundi is next level, taking its queue from Barolo and Barbaresco. Mulled cherries, red flowers, savory spices and notes of smoked meats. It is full bodied with fine tannins. As for longevity, sure, you could probably put it away for a few years but it is ultra fun to enjoy now. There is so much potential in these wines, plus its fun to say, "ksee-NOH-mah-vroh."
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    The Greek wine renaissance is in full swing and more and more compelling wines are hitting the US market. I was especially taken by this engaging Xinomavro. This particular grape reminds of the regal Nebbiolo. Perhaps a baby Barbaresco? With an aromatic lift that engages the senses, the red berry and herbal nose follow on the palette with a gentle dusting of faint tannins. The wine would be the perfect accompaniment to grilled lamb chops with rosemary and a splash of olive oil. Another tremendous value driven wine of character and quality.


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