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Katogi & Stella "Katogi Averoff" Xinomavro: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)

About Katogi & Stella "Katogi Averoff" Xinomavro

Katogi & Stella "Katogi Averoff" Xinomavro rests on stirred lees for two months, then is oak-aged for ten months (or more). The resultant wine comes in at 13% alcohol.

Katogi & Stella "Katogi Averoff" Xinomavro is reasonably well distributed in the U.S. market, with some major retailers carrying it. It retails at from $15 to $25, averaging roughly $15.

This vintner started out as "Katogi Averoff"; katogi is Grek for "cellar", and Evangelos Averoff made his first wines (in the late 1950s) literally in the cellar of his home. In 2001, his successors merged with the Strofilia winery, and the new company is Katogi & Strofilia. Thery continue to name this wine as it was always known: "Katogi Averoff Xinomavro".

Katogi & Stella "Katogi Averoff" Xinomavro: Tasting Impressions

This is perhaps the nicest Xynomavro we have yet run across. It is remarkably light in color, reminescent of, say, a Nebbiolo. It has a rather rich nose, redolent of plums and other dark blue/black fruit, and the taste follows through. It has a further quality, hard to put in words but distinctive and pleasing. The tannins were perceptible and acceptable, and the acids seemed in good balance.

Xynomavro seems to us to make a pleasing wine, but not one with such distinct varietal qualities that one at once says, "Ah yes, Xynomavro". This one came closest (so far) to showing some individual character. We found it quite enjoyable, and will be repeating it. Recommended.

Katogi & Stella "Katogi Averoff" Xinomavro: Other Opinions

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