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  1. Thymiopoulos Xinomavro Young Vine 2019
    Thymiopoulos Xinomavro Young Vine 2019

    The Thymiopoulos family have been growing Xinomavro, the trademark grape of the highly regarded Náoussa zone in the far north of Greece for generations. Tucked away in the southern tip of the zone on the slopes of Mount Vermio, the estate is now run by Apostolos Thymiopoulos, who, after oenological training in Athens, established the winery in2003.

    They have made a name quickly for themselves in a short time since establishing the winery and this wine is a consistent performer.

    The Young Vines is unoaked and presents with a fruity and easy-going nose with subtle hint of earth flecked throughout the red tinged fruits. If you have not had Xionamavro yet, this is a great entry point to the style, though in a more laid-back and lighter style that works so well. Brisk acidity and a clip of tannin along with those earthy red fruits are reminiscent of a cross between Beaujolias and Nebiolo. The whole package is mouth-watering and more-ish and will keep you coming back for more. PWS

    2019
    Red
    Greece
    445
  2. Foundi Trygias 2016
    Foundi Trygias 2016
    PGI Imathia, 100% Xinomavro

    The 2016 Trygias Foundi Blanc de Noir is all Xinomavro (but made as a white), aged for nine months in 80% new French oak. It comes in at 12.2% alcohol. If you like acidity, if you don't think it means a thing without that zing, this is for you. The Naoussa area is not exactly known for its whites, but this is a pretty fine and zesty performance. Tart on the edges, it has notable power as it attacks the palate, grips it and doesn't let go. The acidity zips through the oak nicely, putting it in its place. Overall, this should be a great summer refresher this summer, but it may be better in a year. At that point, it might even garner an increase in score. A little settle-down time surely wouldn't hurt. I'm acidity tolerant and liked this a lot. MARK SQUIRES
    2016
    White
    Greece
    445
  3. Elinos Taralas Xinomavro 2013
    Elinos Taralas Xinomavro 2013
    The 2013 Mavro, all Xinomavro from Naoussa, was aged for 14 months in used French oak and comes in at 14.8% alcohol. This fanciful label is just made for the American market, I'm told. I guess Americans have trouble saying "Xinomavro." Unfortunately, other grapes in Greece and elsewhere have "Mavro" in the name, which creates some potential confusion. Frankly, it's a bad idea, as it detracts from the increasing fame of Xinomavro as well as making a buyer question what it is. Apart from the naming convention, this is far more powerful than its older sibling this issue, the 2010. This 2013 is tight and a little forbidding right now, not that close to ready. In other respects, it is lot like the 2010, with a nose and palate that seem to have a rather high-toned demeanor. In structure and concentration, this is quite fine. Let's be conservative for the moment and see where the rest of this goes in a few years. At the price point, it is not a great risk. MARK SQUIRES, eRobertParker.com
    2013
    Xinomavro
    Greece
    445
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