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Kokkinos Xinomavro Naoussa Macedonia GR 2014


I've been in to wines from this region and variety for about 5 years now. Presently we sell about 10 wines made from Xinomavro, most are red, some are rosé and/or sparkling. Kokkinos is the red type. If you are Piedmont person, particularly lovers of Barolo, Barbaresco, Langhe Nebbiolo, etc. then it is probable that you will love Xinomavro from Naoussa.

They offer similar tannic structure, similar acidity, and similar weight. Where they often differ is that Xinomavro tends to lean towards darker hues of fruit notes, where Nebbiolo is more red. Of course, this isn't always the case and from region to region and wine to wine there is rather a lot of variance. Barolos tend to be more dark, and here is a fair comparison to this Kokkinos.

In this wine we find earthy notes of dark clay, black tea, black leather, and Danish black licorice. Like Piedmont, although this is indeed a big wine, there is ample acidity that keeps it fresh and friendly for the table. Food pairings are very similar to Piedmont, and this has been explained to me as crucial to understanding the similarities between Nebbiolo and Xinomavro, despite their being no genetic ties. The climate, landscape, available foods create a culture that over centuries the styles of wine will adapt similarly in style. Ignore the pronunciation and try this wine. SRP $20

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