In an alternate universe, the greatest Barolo - made by a top producer from their best vineyard and with ten years bottle age behind it - doesn't cost £200 a bottle. It costs lets say, £40 a bottle, a much more than fair price for one of the world's finest wines.
Naoussa is the Barolo of Greece, and in this universe, we are living at a time when the greatest wines of Greece's greatest red wine region are hugely undervalued. If you are looking for the fine wine bargains of now - the ones that in twenty years time will seem ridiculous, this is the place to look.
So what do you buy? You may as well get the best. Dalamara was established in 1840, and they own perhaps the pick of the land in Naoussa. Their flagship wine, Paliokalias, is from their most prized vineyard. With vines up to 70 years old, it certainly produces one of the finest reds in Greece.
One of the best Xinomavros aroundHugh Johnson
One of Greece's finest redsMark Andrew MW, Noble Rot
Simply outstandingKonstantinos Lazarakis MW
The grape here is Xinomavro, and the comparison with the Nebbiolo grape of Barolo is not far-fetched. Xinomavro has similar structure, fragrance and even greater ageing potential. Like Barolo, Naoussa of the quality we're discussing here really starts to sing after ten years. We have a parcel of the 2009 vintage of Paliokalias to offer, and it is absolutely on fire at the moment.
At under £40 a bottle for one of Greece's greatest reds at full maturity, it is an outstanding bargain.
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