wines of naoussa

Wines of Naoussa—a Greek Odyssey

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.

My recommendations:

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.

2008 Foundi
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.

wines of naoussa2009 Chrisohoou
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.

2012 Dalamara
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.

2006 Kelesidis
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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