Benchmark Xinomavro, from venerable old vines, from a world class winemaker
Hugh Johnson "3-4 Stars (prestigious, good value), Young yet stellar producer in Naoussa. Xinomavros of great purity. Paliokalias single vineyard is world class"class"
Sixth-generation Kostis Dalamaras took over the vineyard and winery fully in 2009 and produced his first single-vineyard organic wine, Paliokalias 2009, now a historic wine. The 6-hectare large vineyard is farmed organically, planted mostly with Xinomavro at about 240-300m elevation and facing South, on the foothills of Mount Vermio. The oldest vines have an age of 85 years. Summers in the area are warm and dry, with plenty of sunshine and winters, are mild with cold spells.
Tasting Note: Rich and complex palate with various forest fruits, black olive tapenade,
tomato stem, mint, game. A wine with personality, strong mouth impact and good finish. Great pair to charcuterie, mature cheese and black olives/ tapenade.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5+/20 (2015), 89/100 Decanter