The 2011 Estate is all Xinomavro aged for 12 months in a 60/40 mixture of used and new French oak. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This, the current submission, is another beauty from this fine winery and a fine bargain. The sensibilities here always include good structure and fruit. The wines never lack for power or acidity, but they wind up in balance with time, at least in good vintages. It is Xinomavro, though, so be prepared to give them some time. This is superb, showing fine depth-adding a couple of layers to its Naoussea sibling this issue-mid-palate finesse, a dry finish and a serious backbone. While it is a bit astringent just now, it isn't really harsh. The fruit is never obliterated by the power. True to the grape, it has good acidity too. The freshness lifts the fruit easily and makes it linger. The juicy finish is impressive both for its energy and its flavor. As I often wind up saying, this makes me think of some nice, old-school Barolo. While this is not completely ready, you can approach this with decanting if you wish. It will probably show better in a few years, though. I expect it to improve for a decade or so, at least. Then, it should hold well. In the meantime, I'm leaning up, granting that this score reflects its projected potential to some extent. (MS)
Mixed dried fruit, fig leaf and prune notes balance the savoury hints of truffle, tomato jam and dried herbs. Barolo-like character, boasting a layered palate and finish.
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