Domaine Tatsis "Young Vines" Xinomavro Negoska 2015Regular price $17.00 Sale price $15.00 Save $2.00
DIRECT PRESS SELECTION | June, 2021
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This is a great example of the soul-satisftying wines being made by Periklis and Stergios Tatsis. 60% Xinomavro and 40% Negoska, made from younger vines in Macedonia, the older vines in this plot go into the Tatsis "Goumenissa". Medium to full-bodied, it's ripe and grippy with stewed fruit, fig, and balsamic notes. The chewy texture gives it a rustic edge but it also provides some great structure to the hearty fruit. Xinomavro, with it's edgy sour cherry notes, has a resemblance to Nebbiolo, while Negoska's lower acidity and darker, earthy, tones are a perfect complement. Plenty of personality here but the funky flavors are reigned-in. The extra aging helps soften up and integrate the more gnarly ruggedness and add some complexity. A really terrific wine for the price.
Tatsis was one of the first producers to doggedly stand behind Greek grape varieties and older, natural winemaking techniques in Macedonia. When Periklis and Stagios Tatsis joined their father in the vineyards in the late 1990s, there were probably only four or five other winemakers who were working like they did. The Tatsis brothers really embody the idea that looking to the past is the way forward. They are working with organic and Biodynamic methods and using low sulfur, if any. [Jonathan Kemp, May 2021]