Monday, October 25, 2010


KAMANTERENA XYNISTERI 2008, Paphos (Cyprus); #179911; Price: $11.95; 12.4% ABV
100% Xynisteri, native to Cyprus.  Aromas of stewed, even rotten, red apples at first, then hazelnut, pine, some minerality.  Definitely oxidized, can't be sure if this is the style (like some Italian whites).  Flavours are somewhat weak with lemon-lime and red apple coming through.  Seems flat, past its prime; one of those wines that's meant to be consumed as soon as possible and doesn't travel well (like Fendant).  Medium acidity that fades quickly, nothing lasts too long.  Have to go to Cyprus to try a fresh bottle!

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