Boutari featured by Forbes

Posted July 24, 2014 by Do Bianchi
Categories: Boutari

Leading American wine writer Cathy Huyghe recently paid a visit to the Boutari family of wineries in Greece and filed the following dispatches for Forbes:

An Iconic Winery, Adapted: Five Ways Boutari Winery Adjusts To Changing Times.

The Greek Economy, Through The Lens Of A Wine Glass.

Fascinating reading by one of our favorite writers today!

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@WineSpectator: 92 points for Santorini Kallisti Reserve 2010

Posted July 16, 2014 by Do Bianchi
Categories: Boutari

From the August 2014 issue of Wine Spectator:

Boutari Santorini Kallisti Reserve 2010
92 points

This rich and vibrant white features intensely crisp flavors of green apple, melon and crystallized ginger that show rich notes of tarragon cream. The luscious finish is filled with lemon curd accents that linger with plenty of minerality. Assyrtiko. Drink now through 2022.—Kim Marcus

Yannis Voyatzis, the man behind the Greek wine renaissance

Posted July 9, 2014 by Do Bianchi
Categories: Boutari

Dr. Yannis Voyatzis is the chief enologist at Boutari Wines and the driving force behind the many distinct wines produced at their six wineries.

After finishing his studies at the Enological Institute at Bordeaux, Dr. Voyatzis returned to Greece, where he has spent nearly thirty years working with Boutari.

He is a treasure-trove of information on grape varietals, soil types, and Greek appellations.

And in many ways, he is the architect of the renaissance of Greek wine today.

From his pioneering work with Moschofilero in Mantineia to the his revolutionary approach to Assyrtiko and the wines of Santorini, he has literally reshaped the world’s perceptions of Greek wines.

He’s also one of the nicest and funniest people you’ll ever meet in the wine trade.

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High marks from @WineAndSpirits editors, August 2014

Posted July 1, 2014 by Do Bianchi
Categories: Boutari

Once again, Boutari wines have received outstanding scores and notes from the editors of Wine & Spirits, one of the most respected wine publications today. The August 2014 issue features wines from Greece and Northeastern Italy.

Boutari 2013 Santorini Assyrtiko
92 points

The immediate ease of this wine may be misleading, for under all that creamy, supple fruit, there’s Santorini’s volcanic earthiness. That saline, chalky minerality gives the honeydew and lemon notes firmness and length, while the acidity simply doesn’t let go. It’s a big wine, wanting full-flavored seafood like chorizo-stuffed squid.

Boutari 2012 Santorini Kallisti Reserve
92 points

This isn’t meant to drink now, unless you happen to like oak. But give it a decade and the blond wood flavors will continue in the direction they are already heading: toward honey and beeswax, notes that warm up Santorini’s stony firmness and pad its acidic grip. Everything is there; it just needs time.

Louisa Hargrave: “a wine revolution in Greece”

Posted June 5, 2014 by Do Bianchi
Categories: Boutari

Ioanna Vamvakouri

Above: Boutari’s Santorini winemaker Ioanna Vamakouri was featured last month by veteran wine writer and wine writer Louisa Hargrave.

“Traditionally,” wrote veteran wine writer and winemaker Louisa Hargrave last month, “Santorini’s wines have been heavily oxidized and highly alcoholic. But in 1989, Boutari—Greece’s most prominent wine company—saw potential for a radically new style of assyrtiko. By picking the vines three weeks earlier than usual, Boutari (and others who followed suit) have made intricately textured, delightfully aromatic and refreshingly bone-dry wines. Boutari’s French-trained enologist Ioanna Vamakouri told me that Santorini’s old-time growers had difficulty understanding why Boutari would sacrifice alcohol content and reduce yield to make these more delicate wines, until they realized that, by marketing the modern style of assyrtiko internationally, Boutari could pay them twice what they earned just two years ago.”

Please click here for an online version of the article, “A Wine Revolution in Greece.”

And please click here for a PDF version.

Mark Squires (Wine Advocate): 90 points for Merlot/Xinomavro

Posted June 3, 2014 by Terlato Media
Categories: Boutari

Here’s what veteran wine writer Mark Squires had to say about the Boutari 2010 Merlot/Xinomavro blend in the April 2014 issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

Boutari 2010 Merlot/Xinomavro
90 points

The 2010 Merlot / Xinomavro (50-50) was individually fermented and aged for 12 months in second-use French oak. This is a bottling I’ve come to like, and this seems a very good vintage. It is always nicely textured, feeling full in the mouth as it coats the palate. Then the power kicks in and it projects some steel, controlled tannins, acidity and all that Xinomavro. Focused, persistent and lingering, with some earthy complexity in the background and notable power and tension on the finish, this might well be my favorite vintage of this. It will be interesting to see how it comes along in the cellar. It certainly could use a year or three to settle down. Drink now-2023

@WineAndSpirits features 2009 Naoussa as “value brand of the year”, awards 90 pts Moschofilero

Posted May 12, 2014 by Terlato Media
Categories: Boutari

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Please click here to read the Wine & Spirits review of the 2009 Naoussa as “value brand of the year.”

In the June 2014 issue of the magazine, the editors also award 90 points to the 2012 Moschofilero, which is featured as a “Top 100 Value.”

Boutari 2012 Mantinina Moschofilero
90 points

Like many 2012s, this is very ripe, redolent of honeysuckle, roses, orange and white pepper, but it stands apart for its balance, a combination of fullness of texture and bright, clear freshness that lends the wine precision.

Wine & Spirits, June 2014

Illustration via Wine & Spirits.


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