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2013 Dalamara Naoussa Xinomavro PaliokaliasXinomavro from Greece

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In 1971, Naoussa was accorded PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin), the country’s first appellation. 100% Xinomavro from a traditional vineyard area called Paliokalias...

  • 92 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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The 2013 Paliokalias (Xinomavro, of course) was aged for 12 months in French oak (approximately 15% new). (Stock up, because the 2014 has been declassified into the 2014 Naoussa reviewed this issue.) Kostis said this is where he wants to go with this bottling in style. If the 2011 is not the best of this mini-vertical, this surely is. Classic in aromatics and flavor, this has broadly expressive fruit, fine balance and a fresh, lifted feel. Bright and sunny, it is not overly concentrated, but it is respectable enough and the intensity of flavor is still a selling point. There is a serious backbone here, but everything is under control. The style here is not terribly rustic. That doesn't mean you should dig in now--you should not. It needs a few years to settle down and acquire more complexity.

Product Description:

In 1971, Naoussa was accorded PDO status (Protected Designation of Origin), the country’s first appellation. 100% Xinomavro from a traditional vineyard area called Paliokalias (meaning “Old Watch Point”), 2.5 miles South-East of the town of Naoussa, at an altitude of 250-300 m. It is characterized by deep groundwater and the lower part of the youngest section of the vineyard is crossed by a small river with a stable water flow. The climate of this area features warm, dry summers and mild winters. For most of the day, the vines fully benefit from the sun. Paliokalias is a more traditional style of Xinomavro. The only intervention that is done is the addition of a very small amount of sulfur dioxide. No yeasts, no enzymes, no filtration, no clarification etc. Aged in oak barrels for 12 months. 2011 was the first vintage made entirely by Kostis Dalamara. High acidity, as always in Xinomavro, but it gets more and more balanced as it ages. The tannins are significantly smoother because of the work Kostis did on the selection of the grapes and on their phenolic maturity level. Aromas of blackcurrant, dried plum, with good acidity, elegance and a persistent finish. Since 2005, Paliokalias is not filtered so a small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle is normal. It is recommended to decant the wine for a few hours before serving it. 800 cases made.

Product Detail

Item # 105224
Country Greece
Region Greece
Sub-Region Naoussa
Ratings

92 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2013
Color Red
ABV 13.0%
Varietal(s) Xinomavro
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features Organic
Taste spice, red fruit, tomato, animal, leather and olive
Nose spice, red fruit, tomato, animal, leather and olive