Archive for July 2014

@WineAndSpirits compares oaked & unoaked Assyrtiko in fascinating article

July 30, 2014

In article that appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits magazine, leading New York wine professional Stephanie Johnson asks her colleagues Pascaline Lepeltier and Levi Dalton (both New York wine luminaries in her/his own right) to compare notes on oaked and unoaked Assyrtiko.

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Look for the complete article on newsstands or at your favorite book seller.

Boutari featured by Forbes

July 24, 2014

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

July 16, 2014

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

July 9, 2014

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

July 1, 2014

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.

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