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

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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