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Karanika Xinomavro Old Vines 2013 750ml
SKU 784483

Karanika Old Vines Xinomavro 2013

Macedonia - Greece

Professional Wine Reviews for Karanika Old Vines Xinomavro 2013

Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Xinomavro is an Old Vines Xinomavro aged for 18 months in used barriques (70/30 French to American). On opening, this was softer, fresher and rounder than the powerful 2011, plus it added a sweet edge from oak. As the oak integrated, I began to like this a lot more. It may well match or surpass the 2011 in time, but in the meanwhile, although I appreciated what seemed to be its better balance between fruit and tannins, it didn't have the same character. For the moment, though, it is worth leaning up here. It is a lovely wine with caressing texture and fine fruit. Give it some time, though. It may yet show that character.

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Varietal: Xinomavro

In Macedonia and other parts of southern Europe, the main red wine grape varietal grown is the Xinomavro, a blue-black skinned grape whose name translates as 'acid black'. This grape thrives in the hot and arid landscapes of parts of Greece and the Mediterranean coast, and has been used for centuries for the production of superbly characterful dark red wines. The main features of the Xinomavro grape include their thick skins, which hold a high tannin content, and the fact that they contain a relatively high amount of acidity. These features are often problematic in young wines made from Xinomavro grapes, but also produce exquisite aged wines, when the tannins and acids have been given time to mellow and round out. In aged Xinomavro wines, a wide bouquet of delightful aromas is often present, containing classic Mediterranean notes such as black olive and dried tomato.

Country: Greece

It is almost impossible to understate the importance of local and regionally produced wines in Greek culture. Across the country, from the cities of the mainland to the villages, mountainous regions and islands, wine is produced using traditional methods and native grape varietals, and is drank in households and taverns, either accompanying the much loved local cuisine or alone as a refreshment under the blazing Mediterranean sunshine. For wine lovers around the world, Greece is known for producing several wines with something unique and interesting to offer, a refreshing change from the norm filled with surprises and complex, occasionally challenging or unusual flavors and aromas. Thanks to the vast range in terrain across the archipelago, Greek wine is as varied as it is delicious, meaning there is plenty to explore and enjoy from this fascinating and ancient country.