Archive for June 2014

Louisa Hargrave: “a wine revolution in Greece”

June 5, 2014

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

June 3, 2014

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

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