Woman on Wine
with Amy Reiley
I was recently introduced to the wines of the Naoussa region by my friend David Wilson of Grape Encounters Radio. He walked me through a tasting of remarkably well-structured reds from this little-known wine region. It was my first taste of Naoussa, an AOC region of Greece located in Macedonia. It is a cool climate region, known for wines made from the Xinomavro grape. It is also a place noted for exporting food-friendly, well-priced wines. Here’s just a taste of what I recently tried to whet your appetite for Greek wine.
2007 Vaeni Naoussa
What I love most about this wine is its aromas of violets, berries, spices and a hint of damp earth, pretty yet with depth and substance. It’s a great wine for the price with a nice bite of acid and concentration of flavor.
Another great buy, this wine is incredibly elegant for the price. It has a nice structure, rich tannins and pleasing, acidic bite. If you’re looking for a wine to pair with a big piece of meat, be it flank steak or wild game, this will do the trick without impacting your wallet.
This wine nicely expresses Xinomavro’s darker side. If wines had a mood, this one would be brooding with pronounced, yet not overpowering tannins. Another nice choice to pair with red meat, it would make a beautiful match for herb-crusted, grilled lamb.
More bright and approachable than many wines made from the Xinomavro grape, the Dalamara has a brightness and floral note that make it work as an aperitif as well as a nice accompaniment to a good, old fashioned barbeque.
Of the wines of Naoussa, this may have been my favorite. Its fruit flavors have evolved over time to offer a plum and date flavor with a bite of cranberry acidity and its tannins have mellowed to offer a smooth, voluptuous texture.
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