2014 Domaine Karydas Naoussa (750ml)

Xinomavro from Naousa, Greece

2014 Domaine Karydas Naoussa

The 2014 Naoussa is, of course, a Xinomavro, aged for 24 months in 70% used oak (two to four years old). It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. This was, of course, a catastrophic vintage in the region, yet this is rather respectable. It seems full enough in the mouth. It has earthy, mushroom nuances on the finish and some tannic pop to go with them. It is very pleasing. What it lacks is the lift to the fruit, the focus and the freshness that the gorgeous 2008 revisited this issue has. The fruit simply isn't quite as vivid. The structure is still pretty good, but by Naoussa standards, it is on the sedate side. You can approach this easily now. Relative to how Xinomavro goes, drink it on the younger side.

88 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 237 - Wine Advocate)

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