"The 2011 Xinomavro Young Vines is fast becoming a popular, go-to entrant for an easy going and inexpensive introduction to Xinomavro, even if it isnâ€™t always so easy going, as with this year. What it usually lacks in depth, it makes up for in purity and fruity elegance, partly, no doubt, because it leans to the tank rather than the barrel. It is no weak sister, showing notable power and some concentration relative to the level, perhaps exceeding last year's version. While still fresh and exuberant, the serious backbone gives this a bit of gravitas. Youâ€™re not getting off easy here just because it is a second wine that says "young vines." The mid-palate is still elegantly constructed, but then it finishes with that astringent bang. The color is light, not unusual for this grape. This is relatively serious wine at a not-so-serious price. Although it certainly doesnâ€™t have the complexity of some of the older vines offerings, it does so much right, that it is worth leaning up. Put it away for a year or two for best results. Drink 2014-2022." - Parker
|The Thimiopoulos family has owned vineyards in Naoussa for several generations. Until recently, the family grew grapes and supplied wineries with their fruit. Upon matriculation from The University of Athens oenology program, Apostolos Thimiopoulos returned to his family’s vineyards and began producing wine for his own label, Thimiopoulos Vineyards and the wine was called Ghi kai Uranos (Earth & Sky). The winery’s first release was with the 2004 vintage, which was a hit across Greece and in Europe. Ghi kai Uranos also caught the attention of influential wine writers such as Nico Manessis and the UK’s Tom Stevenson. As the winery’s capacity grows, the amount of wine available to us will increase as well. Uranos (the US name), is similar in style to a modern Barolo-powerful and concentrated ripe fruit aromas with balanced acidity and tannins. The beauty of this wine comes from the fact that Apostolos was able to coax out Xinomavro’s better qualities without high levels of acidity and tannin, making it a wine that can be drunk now as well as cellared for at least 10-15 years. Thimiopoulos Vineyards will be a winery to watch as its production grows.