Grapelive: Wine of the Day September 10, 2015

2009Chrisohoou2009 Estate Chrisohoou, Xinomavro, Naoussa PDO, Greece.
Nana Chrisohoou studied in Piedmonte, Italy and it shows in this beautiful Naoussa Xinomavro that really tastes like a fine Langhe Nebbiolo is many ways and is a great example of this varietal and place. The Estate Chrisohoou was originally founded just after World War II, but became a wine grower/producer in the 1970’s and now a new generation is making it’s mark here, with many of the most current releases grabbing international attention and acclaim, they have score many gold and silver medals in Decanter Magazine and are now finding success in the United States, these wines offer a lot of value for the money and are unique, fun and entertaining. I really was thrilled with the Estate Chrisohoou 2009 Xinomavro, Nana has done a masterful job in crafting this wine, it shows wonderful fruit, spice, earth and charm with dried flowers, peppery spice, cedar and vibrant red cherries leading the way along with dusty/bramble berry, plum and slate/stones, tarry melted licorice, soy sauce and lavender oil. This medium full wine feels smooth and textured on the palate, the extended aging helps silken the tannin, but good acidity and focus keep things detailed and lively, at 13.5% it is nearly perfectly balanced and it is really drinking well now. If you want Greek, I’d recommend searching this surprising and stunning Estate Chrisohoou Naoussa Xinomavro out, best from 2015 to 2018.
($18 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive