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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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Winery: Karanika

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

Thanks to thousands of years of viticulture, and a dedication to quality and experimentation, Greek wines remain in a league of their own and continue to surprise and delight wine lovers around the world. From the refined and delicious Agiorghitiko wines, with their deep ruby red color and intense fruit flavors, to the unusual and highly aromatic fortified wines made with the black Mavrodaphne grapes, Greek wine is renowned for its variety and consistent excellence. It seems the blazing Mediterranean sunshine allows wineries to make the most of the late harvests and all the intensity of flavor this brings, resulting in wines which are bursting with fruit-forward character and unusual aromas.