2000 Vaeni Xinomavro Grande Reserve Naoussa

SKU #1123417 89 points Wine Spectator

 A minerally, mature-tasting red, with well-balanced dried fruit flavors of cherry, berry and plum. There's a clean finish of smoke and spice, with hints of orange peel. Xinomavro. (Web-2009)

Wine & Spirits

 An unusually soft Naoussa, this is plush and gentle with sweet tea and spiced cherry flavors, a loamy richness underneath.  (10/ 2008)

K&L Notes

Vaeni is one of the most successful Co-Ops in Greece. Established in 1983 nearly fifty percent of the Naoussa production is crushed and produced here. I have completely fallen for the Xinomavro varietal. This bottling is very fresh and vibrant, showing tart red fruits, woodsy herbs, black olive and bright acidity. If you like Nebiolo from Piemonte you will undoubtedly like this, too.

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