Oenos Mittas Naoussa Xinomavro 2021
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Press 4 Red • November 2023 Direct Press Selection
Oenos Mittas is a very young project headed by Yiannis Mittas, himself not even 30 years old. Though he is the first in his family to make wine, his cousins at Domaine Dalámara have one of the most highly regarded wineries in the Naoussa region in Greek Macedonia. This gave Yiannis an insight to where some of the best Xinomavro vines were located, so when a 1.8 hectare parcel went up for sale, he jumped on it.
With the exception of his cousins, much of the wine in Naoussa is still of inconsistent quality. Yiannis is driven to a level of excellence that is quite different from many of his neighbors. Here we have a 100% Xinomavro with a gravitas that is reminiscent of Piedmont, Tuscany, and Burgundy all at once. Bursting with plump, rich fruit, it has the perfect balance of ripeness and tannic grip. A touch of new French oak adds some heady richness. Black cherry, plum, rose garden, leather, and horse barn. It's a luxe wine without a hair out of place. Jonathan Kemp