94 points Wine & Spirits
"Angelo Iatrides maps his vineyards in exceptional detail, so that he can fine-tune the farming down to each vine. That care shows in this wine, from a vintage that experienced both drought and excessive wetness. It’s textbook xinomavro in the most elegant way, notes of tomato, roses and forest floor mingling in its scent. It’s sweet, herbal and animal in flavor, with leather and lamb adding depth to the bright cherry and cranberry fruit, finishing with a cool freshness that lasts."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Variety: Xinomavro 100%. Region / Location / Vineyard: Amyndeon plateau. Amyndeon viticulture zone. North-western Macedonia. "Hedgehog" sub-region. 690m altitude, with northern exposure, facing lake Petron and mount Voras. 69ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710 m. Vinification: Destemming, no crushing, cold soak - skin contact, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increasing temperatures, maintenance of wine "sur lies" for eight months with regular stirring. Twelve months in French oak barrel medium grain, white toasting and twelve months in the bottle. Tasting Notes: Bright purple-red color. Complex, typical bouquet of small berries red fruits, leather and spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, rounded tannins, balanced acidity and well integrated wood tones. Long aftertaste with intense quince aroma. Food Pairing: Perfect match with juicy red barbecued meats, spicy sausages, red baked peppers in olive oil, stew rabbit, light spicy fool body cheeses.