2013 Tsantali Naoussa, Naousa (750ml)

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Country: Greece
Region: Naousa
Grape Varietal: Xinomavro
Review Score: 88WA
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

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The 2013 Naoussa, all Xinomavro--of course--was aged for 12 months in mostly French oak (20% new and the rest second and third use) and 5% American oak (all second and third use). It comes in at just 12.3% alcohol. This is a dramatically different wine than the winery's 2010 Reserve, also reviewed. There is a touch of a high-toned nuance to go with a hard edge. Its texture is not as sensual, but it has a certain, uncompromising purity on the back end that I came to appreciate. It finishes with some serious tannic bite in its youth. It certainly needs a little time in the cellar to just settle down, but it should be approachable fairly young if you don't mind its slightly rustic style. Some 90 minutes of air improved this greatly, although it always remained a bit astringent. This clearly wasn't aimed at a "give me sweet, soft and sexy" segment of the market, so have your expectations in order. It may shed some tannins on the early side, but this is a lot of wine for the money. It should age well and be a perfect food wine.

88 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 222 - Dec 2015)