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Dalamara Paliokalias 2012

  • W&S93
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Winemaker Notes

Paliokalias is a more traditional style of Xinomavro. High acidity, as always in Xinomavro, but it gets more and more balanced as it ages. The tannins are significantly smoother because of the work Kostis did on the selection of the grapes and on their phenolic maturity level. Aromas of blackcurrant, dried plum, with good acidity, elegance and a persistent finish. A great match with red meat and game. Since 2005, Paliokalias is not filtered so a small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle is normal. It is recommended to decant the wine for a few hours before serving it.

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Kostis Dalamara pulls this wine from his oldest vineyard, a patch of ungrafted vines that his family has shepherded for nearly 100 years. The age of the vines comes through in the concentration of the fruit, the dark berry flavors compact and laden with spice, yet the wine feels lifted, refreshed by the herbal notes that sweep through the wine. It lasts, held firm by tannins that are suffused with flavor, almost chewy in their density.
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Dalamara, Greece
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The Dalamara's family winery is located at the entrance of Naoussa (Central Macedonia, Northern Greece), with 5.3 hectare of vineyards on the eastern foothills of the Vermio mountains. The owner, Kostis Dalamara, is continuing a tradition of five generations, which began in 1840 when the family started to produce wine and tsipouro. He studied enology in Beaune and worked in Gevrey-Chambertin, Alsace, Roussillon and Catalonia, Spain. A new building has been constructed next to the traditional winery, with the tsipouro distillery, to house the winemaking facilities. The total production is 25,000 bottles.

Farming practices: the Paliokalias vineyard has been certified organic since 1996. certified organic since 1996. Vinification: the wines use minimal intervention and are made with indigenous yeast. They are un-fined and un-filtered.

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Naoussa is home to one of Greece’s most age-worthy reds: Xinomavro. Flourishing on the sun-exposed, southeastern-facing slopes of Mount Vermio between 700 to 1,700 feet in elevation, some say Xinomavro is Greece's red counterpart to its famous white, Assyrtiko. Others liken it to Italy's well-respected, highly perfumed and powerful, Nebbiolo.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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