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Kir-Yianni Ramnista Vineyard Xinomavro 2015

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of strawberry, cherry and rose, in combination with fine vanilla notes from oak maturation. Although youthful, the wine’s aromatic power and tannic structure reveal strong character and great aging potential, thanks to an outstanding vintage. A typical expression of Ramnista that will need about 1 hour of decanting before we enjoy it in its first years. Rare aromatic complexity with intense tannin structure and robust acidity.

An excellent pairing for red meat and game.

Blend: 100% Xinomavro

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W&S 94
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This broadcasts its freshness and youth in its cherry-red color and berry scents. But don’t be seduced into drinking this now: Pulled from the oldest vines in Yiannakohori, the Boutari family’s estate vineyards in Naoussa, it’s concentrated and firm. There’s an iron filigree of tannins defending the fruit, and vivacious acidity underlining its intention to preserve the wine for many more years. Forget about this in the cellar for at least five years; then draw it out for a crown roast of pork.
RP 91
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The 2015 Ramnista is the winery's classic Xinomavro, aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. Sourced entirely from Yianakohori, Naoussa, this is traditional in all senses of the word. It is the familiar style of Xinomavro—a little earthy, rustic and crisp—that makes me compare it to old-school Nebbiolo. True, not everyone holds to that style, including Kir-Yianni with its Diaporos bottling this issue. This is iconic, though. It is pretty tight right now, a bit too dusty. Yet, with about two hours of air, it comes around surprisingly well. (That's not always the case!) For all of the power, the amber and freshness, there is also a certain lushness and fine fruit. This will still benefit greatly from about three more years or so in the cellar. Or, you can take it to your BYOB pizza shop tonight, serve it blind and watch the guys from the old country go: "I love Nebbiolo!"
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The KIR-YIANNI company was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris. Based in Naoussa and Amyndeon, on both sides of mount Vermion in Northwestern Greece. At the time Yiannis Boutaris was one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, the Kir-Yianni team, under the direction of Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis builds on the core pillars of the company’s philosophy: innovation, respect to tradition and specialized knowledge on wine, from the vineyard to the final consumer.
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Naoussa is home to one of Greece’s most age-worthy reds: Xinomavro. Flourishing on the sun-exposed, southeastern-facing slopes of Mount Vermio between 700 to 1,700 feet in elevation, some say Xinomavro is Greece's red counterpart to its famous white, Assyrtiko. Others liken it to Italy's well-respected, highly perfumed and powerful, Nebbiolo.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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