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Boutari Vinsanto scores high in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

September 4, 2014

From the September 2014 issue of Wine Advocate:

Boutari 2004 Vinsanto
94 points

The 2004 Vinsanto is a library wine pulled for reevaluation. It has come along brilliantly and serious is in need of an uptick. It may get even better with cellaring. It is a blend of 90% Assyrtiko and 10% Aidani weighing in at 12% alcohol. Bottle aging has greatly helped this wine. It has fleshed out and simply unfolded, becoming more complex along the way and showing layers that it did not initially seem to have. It shows remarkable power and intense grip on the finish, grabbing the entire palate with tension. With some nods to Boutari’s 2009 style, it is a bit on the muscular side and emphasizes the power more than the sugar and zest. Whether due to age, vintage or the lower alcohol level (perhaps all three), this 2004 does that style better, though, at least just now. Finally, these wines do age a long while. It is hard to say when they die and they may outlive a lot of people. Tight and still evolving, this 2004 should have a long life. I tend to be conservative in drinking windows (my normal tendency anyway), as the wines can change in character with extreme age and oxidation. Not everyone may like the older incarnations, given that they will substitute complexity for zest. It is perhaps fairer to acknowledge, here and in general, a much longer window (they may go longer still). Just note that as they age, they may not seem quite the same in character. Drink now-2035.

—Mark Squires

@WineEnthusiast features Greece as top wine destination

January 13, 2014


The Wine Enthusiast list of “10 Best Wine Destinations for 2014” features Greece and includes the Boutari winery on Crete (above).

Click here to read what the editors had to say about Greece and what makes it such a great “wine destination.”

Top wine writer & sommelier @Levi_opens_wine visits Santorini

January 8, 2014

assyrtiko snails

Top U.S. wine writer, podcaster, and New York-based sommelier Levi Dalton recently visited the Boutari winery on Santorini.

The wonderful photo above is just one of a series that he posted on his popular blog, So You Want to Be Sommelier.

Click here to see Santorini through his eyes…

It’s a beautiful post.

Bill St. John: “Always trust Boutari,” TNs for the 2009 Skalani

December 11, 2013

Here’s what venerated wine writer Bill St. John had to say about Crete and Boutari wines today in the Chicago Tribune:

Crete excels in modern winemaking… using its indigenous grape varieties, both white and red, to make appealing, very interesting and remarkably food-friendly wines….

Crete’s oldest wine press dates to 3,500 B.C.) and, except for the historical hiccups of the phylloxera infestation or Ottoman rule, it has puttered along making wine.

Lately, again as the beneficiary of modern advances in viticulture and winemaking, its wines stand on the world stage alongside other older, re-emerging regions such as Slovenia, southern England, New York state and Hungary (look for more about these latter in columns from me in the new year).

2009 Boutari Red Blend “Skalani,” Crete: From the native kotsifali grape, mixed with syrah, for something like a southern Rhone red, juicy black fruit scented with spice and pepper; always trust Boutari.


Above: The Boutari winery and tasting room in Crete.

Boutari named @WineAndSpirits “winery of the year” for 17th consecutive year

September 19, 2013

We are thrilled to share the news that the Boutari “family of family wineries” has once again — for the 17th consecutive year! — been named one of Wine & Spirits “wineries of the year.”

All of the “wineries of the year” will be presented by the editors on October 15 in San Francisco at the publication’s “Top 100 Tasting,” featuring editors’ picks for the top 100 wineries in the world today, including the Boutari family.

Click here for tasting details and registration information.

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@Elloinos: “Boutari Naoussa is one of best bargains”

September 17, 2013

markus stolz

We loved this post last month by top Greek wine blogger Markus Stolz, “What Greek Wines to Drink in Greece.”

Here’s what he had to say about Boutari Naoussa:

“There is no doubt in my mind that Xinomavro is Greece’s finest red variety, and quite possibly belongs to Europe’s best, capable of greatness. The Boutari wine is one of best bargains money can buy. The wine has tremendous ageing potential and can be enjoyed for decades. As with Santorini’s Assyrtiko, the quality level from the other Naoussa based wineries starts at a high level and you can try any of them.”

Click here for the complete article and all of his recommendations.

Wine Advocate TNs by @MarkSquiresW

July 1, 2013

Boutari 2012 Santorini
89 points
Wine Advocate
June 2013 #207

The 2012 Santorini is all Assyrtiko, tank-aged for five months. Like more than a few 2012s, this has fine depth. On opening, it seems like a big, concentrated wine, more obvious than its elegant 2011 counterpart, but the alcohol level comes in at just 13.5%, fairly routine for the island. This drank a lot better on Day 2, when it shrugged off some early moments of ripeness and began to seem better balanced. It managed to show at least a little finesse to go with the concentration. Overall, it may be about as good as the 2011, in its own style and depending on what you want from Assyrtiko. My pick would still be the 2011, but this is still very unsettled and needs a few months more at least in bottle to come around. There were 5,556 cases produced. Drink now-2019.

—Mark Squires

subsoil santorini

Above: A cross section of soil/sand types on Santorini in the Boutari tasting room, Santorini.

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