Tasting Note: The 2012 Naoussa, the Estate Xinomavro was aged for 24 months in French oak (60% used, the rest new) and comes in at 14.2% alcohol. A single-vineyard Xinomavro from the family estate in Gastra, Naoussa, this is the latest offering, not yet in the USA (in fact, the review on the 2011 just came out last issue). Karydas is one of the few producers who actually seems to like the 2012 better than the 2011. The latter is generally considered to be a rather great vintage--but also one with a hard edge that has to be put away for a while. The 2012s, by contrast, tend to be riper, lusher and easier to approach, a little more consumer-friendly in the short term. This is sure plenty ripe and rich, very concentrated and rather lush. That said, the power lurks underneath and it is also very fresh with plenty of power on the finish. A lot of 2012s don't seem so fresh. This is surprisingly approachable--many 2012s are--but it still could use a couple of years in the cellar. Maybe it will close down, Score - 90. (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Aug. 30, 2016)
|Sugar/Sweetness||D - Dry|
|Tags||Full-bodied & Firm, Xinomavro|
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