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Argatia Naoussa 2013
The 2013 Naoussa is all Xinomavro, of course, aged for 12 months in an equal mixture of French and American oak (overall, only 10% new). It comes in at 13.1% alcohol. This is a bit delicate in the mid-palate relative to its power. That's the last understatement you'll see. Showing pure power and earthy astringency, this tannic wine ends with some pop and grip. It's also got that Xinomavro acidity. Do you like them old-school, rustic, difficult and needing some age? Do you like those old-fashioned Barolos? Well, then, this is for you. Nowhere close to being ready to drink, this might—might!—be in good or at least better shape around 2023. I did see some light (and fruit) at the end of the tunnel after holding it open for two more hours and decanting it. Despite the average mid-palate depth, I think this will hold well enough to absorb some of the power and come into better balance. Right now, it seems to me to be the best wine I've seen from Argatia. It does, admittedly, have some balance questions to answer, so let's be a little conservative for the moment and let it develop. You need a cellar and patience if you buy this. Sourced from 13-year-old vines, there were only 7,000 bottles produced. MARK SQUIRES, erobertparker.com2013XinomavroGreece454$43.00 As low as $38.70