"The 2010 Syrah – Xinomavro Axia is from high altitude vines in the “Petres” and “Dromos” sub-regions of the Amyndeon Plateau. It was aged for 12 months in medium- to light- toast French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This may be its best iteration yet, if you are a fan of bright and earthy wines. From the first sip, it projects an earthy nose (the Syrah ascendant), ending with a crisp, mouthwatering and focused finish (credit the Xinomavro). Once past the nose, the Xinomavro seems quite dominant here, given the wine’s juicy finish and high acidity. It has a backbone, but it is nicely controlled and not overbearing, so it can be approached young. It should hold awhile, though, as it demonstrates the ability to improve over a couple of hours, getting better balanced and projecting more depth and harmony. As sharp as it seemed on opening, it was surprising how beautifully balanced it eventually was. (I mentioned Barbaresco – think Sottimano as a good model here.) Still, this isn’t going to be the first choice for a porch sipper. It’s not fleshy and it’s not sweet. It needs food."