It's WineBloggingWednesday and this week that means, "Obscure Red Varietals."
Xinomavro (pronounced Ksee no' ma vro) is a red wine grape from the northern Greek region of Macedonia. It's name means, "acid-black." And if that doesn't get your mouth watering, I don't know what will!?
Boutari is one of Greece's largest, if not the largest, wine-making group. Boutari makes a fine white wine called, Santorini. But since today is for obscure reds, I grabbed a bottle of Boutari's Naoussa, '02 ($13). Like most Old world wines, Naoussa is named for the region rather than the grape. Greeks call this an, "Appellation of Origin of High Quality." And this brings us back to Xinomavro - the red grape used in red wines from Naoussa.
To conclude, let me state for the record, "A varietal name that begins with an 'X' and contains four syllables, should definitely qualify as an obscure red."
- From the Macedonia region of Greece
- Made from the Xinomavro grape
- Somewhere between ruby and purple with a wide, watery-pink rim
- Scents of black grapes, red cherries, and sweet spices
- Fairly light-bodied with light-ish tannins. A faint attack in the front of the mouth. All the action seems to be happening in the back of my mouth and throat. Simple flavors with a slightly high alcohol:acid ratio that lingers slightly
*** (3 stars out of 5)
Believe it or not, this wine was tasty by itself, but was obstinate when it came to food pairing. I imagine it could handle grilled chicken or something of the like. Think of it as a simple Beaujolais minus the brambly quality.