Boutari Naoussa Xinomavro 2015

My regular readers know I’ve been exploring greek wines recently after I was blown away by a Ki-Yianni Diaporos. This particular one is garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine has an interesting almost dried berry flavor along with some firm dryness and tannins. The LCBO describe this as medium bodied and fruity. That’s for me a gentle descriptor. It’s surprisingly complex for the price. The flavor has some almost vermouth notes. I would give it an 87-88.

From the LCBO web site:
Xinomavro 2015 — VINTAGES#: 23218
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $13.95
Release Date:January 20, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Macedonia, Greece By:Jean Boutari & Fils S.A. Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Xinomavro Description: Boutari was founded in 1879 and is one of Greece’s oldest and most important wineries. Though they make a wide range of wines in sites throughout Greece, it is Naoussa and Xinomavro that represent the soul of Boutari. This 100% Xinomavro is a wine that’s typically crafted in a fruity, easy-to-enjoy style with a lithe mouth feel, moderately grippy tannins and complex vanilla and earthy tones. This will be superb this evening with a lamb or beef stew but will also continue to evolve for another 3-5 years.

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