2013 Markovitis Xinomavro Naoussa Greece

SKU #1457335 96 points Wine & Spirits

 "There it is," sighed a panelist when he came to this wine in the lineup. "That’s what you want out of xinomavro." What he was referring to is the pure flavor of red cherries, sweet but firm, not at all overripe; and the forest-floor scent of dried leaves in early fall, as well as the mushrooms pushing up through the ground beneath them. And then there’s the burr of the tannins, fruit-filled yet mouth-sticking, making each sip last for minutes at a time. The 2013 vintage was exceptional in Naoussa, free of extremes, but credit this wine’s greatness to Markos Markovitis, the third generation to run this winery (formerly known as Château Pegasus) who farms just like his father, working his vines organically and making a single wine from them.  (8/2019)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Xinomavro, the Naoussa, adds a layer of depth to the 2012, also reviewed, but it is more or less along the same lines--refined, elegant and fresh, leaning more to Burgundy. There is some pop on the finish, though, along with some tension from acidity. The acidity nicely lifts the fruit, both complex and fresh. It is nicely done, a small step up on the 2012, more age-worthy but not quite as approachable. (MS)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

The estate formerly known as Chateau Pegasus was one of the first organic producers in Greece. Recently undergoing its name change, Markos Markovitis rechristened the winery with his family name. Focusing on the singular grape variety Xinomavro, Markos has been crafting these wines on his humble 16 acre estate, continuing to farm organically, hand harvesting, switching to a gravity fed system and using minimal intervention in the cellar, all to produce one of the most singular wines in the region.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2020 | Send Email
Greece has rapidly become one of the most interesting and exciting wine regions to buy for with its eclectic mix of varieties and historic wine regions. No grape variety has caught my eye more than Xinomavro. It is a native variety grown throughout the north of Greece and the Naoussa region has become one of the most recognized areas for its cultivation. The Markovitis has beautiful red currant, dried strawberry and floral notes intermingled with flavors of cherry, porcini and dried rose petals. We have equated many of our Xinos to Italy's Nebbiolo grape and its easy to see the similarities with Xinomavro's slightly grippier structure and flavor profile. This is a most elegant version though, offering incredible accessibility and a lot of opportunities to pair with food. Absolutely delightful!

By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2020 | Send Email
A sophisticated wine, endlessly enjoyable, that comes in well under budget. If you want an aged Barolo that's drinking perfectly now but don't want to pay the excessive price, give Xinomavro a shot. Though the similarities are striking, this definitely has its own sense of place and a rustic, unpretentious sensibility. Dense cherry, wild underbrush and dried flowers, countered by charred herbs and savory but resolved tannins - what's not to love? If I had the space, I'd keep a case of this on hand at all times.

By: Aaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2020 | Send Email
A bright nose with lots of red fruit intermingles with an earthy minerality, intermingling with hints of black tea leaves, and fennel. The palate is light, but with darker, dried fruit on the palate that then gives way to nuances of black olive, and a dusty but enjoyable and lingering finish.

By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2020 | Send Email
Fresh berries lead on the nose of this lovely Greek varietal. Red cherry, sweet red plum, blueberry, and raspberry are accented with notes of baking spices, balsamic, red vines, star anise, tobacco, clove, red rose, and cedar. Medium bodied and freshly focused, there's a sense of class from top to bottom. A generous dusting of sweet, chalky tannin rounds out the finish. Fans of classically-styled Bordeaux, Friulian Merlot, and the more elegant renditions of Chianti would be very well served by this delicious and affordable bottling.

By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/18/2020 | Send Email
Markos Markovitis Winery for those in the know is the famed Chateau Pegasus. The name was changed recently to reflect the family that has been tending these vineyards in Polla Nera in Northern Greece for decades. Along with the name change, the then-named Chateau was also the first organically farmed vineyard in Greece. This Xinomavro has a robust nose when it is first opened, so allow time for it to breathe. Once it opens up red berries such a redcurrant, rosehip and hibiscus tea leap from the glass. Med acidity rolls on the tongue and a lightly tannic, textural feel of fortune plums and friar plums grip on the side of the cheeks.

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