Yesterday, Boutari chief enologist Dr. Yannis Voyatzis (above) led a horizontal and vertical tasting of Boutari’s bottlings of Santorini-raised Assyrtiko stretching back to 1989. The tasting was hosted at the winery’s Santorini estate in the village of Megalochori (Santorini, Greece).
The tasting was attended by top U.S. wine bloggers, wine writers, and wine professionals including Alder Yarrow of Vinography, Jon Troutman of Daily Grape, Gregory Dal Piaz of Snooth, and husband and wife Jordan Mackay and Christie Dufault.
Highlights included the 1996 Nichteri (above), an oxidative Assyrtiko developed by Dr. Voyatzis, who first began making wine on the island in 1985 (the first official vintage of Boutari’s barrel-fermented Assyrtiko, Kallisti, was 1989; see below).
The 1989 Kallisti, Boutari’s first vintage on the island and the first vintage to be shipped abroad (previous to Boutari’s presence on the island, wines were generally sold in bulk).
And the 1993 Naoussa Grand Reserve (from Naoussa in Northern Greece), a wine that impressed the group with its bright acidity and gorgeous fruit (a wine still very young in its evolution, all agreed).