by Markus Stolz

Umami

byMarkus Stolz
June 4, 2012, 1 Comment

Xinomavro wines are truly unique and stand out from the crowd. But what is it that makes them so distinctive? The majority of red wines exhibit strong primary fruit elements. I suspect that cherry and strawberry are some of the most common used descriptors.

In contrast, Xinomavro combines the flavour profile of some of the most striking and complex fruits and vegetables. The wines are usually heavily reminiscent of black olives and vine-ripe tomatoes. The former are bitter and salty, the latter sweet-sour. In addition, both share a common trait: They are rich in umami components, which lend them their savory taste. All five basic tastes are covered.

Xinomavro also has a red fruit component, fresh raspberries. It is more dominant on the palate, adding another twist to the multifaceted overall profile. Xinomavro wines are complete in more than one sense.

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