Elinos Taralas Xinomavro 2013

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
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