Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro 2016

Xinomavro, a Greek grape variety, can resemble a Langhe nebbiolo with its firm tannins and light colour for its power and weight.  But compared with nebbiolo, the colour is deeper, the wine is fruitier and the tannins are not quite as firm.  In the glass, this xinomavro from Naoussa in Greece, initially expresses unsettled aromas of hewn wood and canned tomatoes.  With time, the true wine is revealed with a character of black fruits, prunes and a saline underlay.  The palate is full bodied with firm, chalky tannins and ripe fruit.  This is a very enjoyable wine that can be approached now, but decanting is suggested.  It should provide enjoyable drinking over the next 5 to 8 years and perhaps longer based on its tannin structure.  Rating: Good.  Website: Reviewed: August 2020.

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