Vaimaki Family "Popolka Dry Red" Xinomavro 2018Regular price $26.00 Save $-26.00
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Zero-sulfur Xinomavro from high up in the mountains of Macedonia at 2300 feet. Xinomavro was called "Popolka" until the 1970s, and Vasilis Vaimakis uses the older name for this grape here. There's a little spritz of carbon dioxide when you first pour this wine, but don't be afraid! It's not a sparkling wine, it's just alive. Really reminiscent of the Italian Piedmont since it's got many of the black cherry and sage notes often found in Nebbiolo. However, it has a pleasing cranberry tartness as well, with some celery and white pepper. The subtle spritzy character matches nicely with the crunchy tannins, keeping the wine vivid and lively. Despite the lack of sulfur, it's not that funky, and I love the way it manages to have a serious depth while not compromising at all on playful freshness. This will be perfect for warm-weather cookouts and versatile enough for summer adventures.
Vasilis Vaimakis received a PhD focused on the oxidation of white wines, was one of the first to do extensive experiments with zero-sulfur winemaking, and one of the first to commercially release zero-sulfur wines in Greece. Earlier in his career he successfully led some bigger, high-volume wineries and cooperatives but that led him to believe that a lot of the additives were unnecessary. "Wine should contain only one ingredient," is now Vasilis' catchphrase. [Jonathan Kemp, May 2021]