50 Xinomavro, 30% Merlot and 20% Syrah
"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. The activities of the Kir-Yianni Estate are entirely based on the principles of integrated farming.This practice was applied for the first time in 2004, with a certification by the Organization of certification and Supervision of Agricultural Products AGROCERT, and is still used today. The main aim is always the creation of wines of a special character: Rich but refined aromas, acidity to provide zest and ageing potential, perfect balance in the mouth and ease of combination with various dishes." Skurnik wines
What The Critics Say
Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires
"The 2016 Ktima Kir-Yianni Yianakohori Hills is a 50/30 blend of Xinomavro and Merlot with 20% Syrah, all aged for 14 months in 30% new oak (60% French, 40% American). It comes in at 13.9% alcohol. Powerful and a bit too funky in its youth, this shows a lot of aromatic nuance (and on the palate as well) from its gamey Syrah. It's gorgeously constructed, though, with fine precision, a long finish, velvety texture and a real backbone. Maybe the aromatics will fold into this wine with a little more age—or drink this with an appropriate food pairing. All that said, you'll be hard pressed to find a wine in this issue with a more serious feel at this bargain-level price point. This has the structure to age pretty well, and at least average depth. It actually could use a little time. It took two hours to open up." Drink 2020 - 2030
"Vanilla, red-cherry and cinnamon-spice aromas are front and center in this spicy red. On the palate, earthy olive and tomato flavors mingle with a tart cherry and vanilla toast spin. The wine has an earthiness that speaks to its origin."
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