Kir-Yianni 'Diaporos' Xinomavro 2011
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"The 2011 Diaporos Block 5 (of the Yianakohori vineyard) is a Xinomavro (but with about 8% Syrah), aged for 18 months in new French oak, as confirmed by the winery. It comes in at 14.3% alcohol. It wasn't too long ago that I first saw this, but some time in bottle has given it a chance to settle in just a bit, thus allowing its true potential to shine through. I thought originally ... read more
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Item ID: #22761
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 95
"The 2011 Diaporos Block 5 (of the Yianakohori vineyard) is a Xinomavro (but with about 8% Syrah), aged for 18 months in new French oak, as confirmed by the winery. It comes in at 14.3% alcohol. It wasn't too long ago that I first saw this, but some time in bottle has given it a chance to settle in just a bit, thus allowing its true potential to shine through. I thought originally that it looked like a brilliant Diaporos, perhaps the best ever. I'm increasingly sure of that now. If it is not quite as sexy as the wonderful 2007, it is better balanced. Full-bodied, powerful and focused, this is in fine form, showing exceptional fruit and finesse. It is always controlled. If it is intense in every aspect--power, tannins and fruit--every component keeps the others at the right level. It is still an unevolved puppy--hence, my original caution--that needs time and will develop far more. Its potential is easy to see now, but it is not fully realized. It should age beautifully--perhaps more or less indefinitely--but we'll try to check in every now and then. Plan on cellaring this for awhile. Even when it is approachable in a few more years, it will not have the complexity that extra time will grant it. That's what will make it truly special. Come back closer to 2025 for better results in that regard. Buy enough to sample periodically. You won't regret it."

My latest visit to Kir-Yianni yielded a slew of interesting treasures presented by Stellios Boutaris, including verticals of Diaporas Block 5 (older labels may just say "Diaporas," but that is the same wine), Ramnista and the debut of the Ramnista Cru series--single-block bottlings. They were pretty terrific. They are worth some special effort to find when they hit the marketplace. Overall, while there were some serious contenders, the tasting here may well have been my best on my recent trip to Greece.

About the wine
-87% Xinomavro, 13% Syrah -Block #5 of the Yianakohori Vineyard in Naousa -Southeast exposure vineyard -Soil is loam clay -Grapes are handpicked -Pre-fermentation cold soak -Roughly 40% of the wine ferments in open-top tanks with pigeage -Finishes off its malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels. -Minimum 22 moths in oak

The Winery
The KIR-YIANNI company was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris. Based in Naoussa and Amyndeon, on both sides of mount Vermion in Northwestern Greece. At the time Yiannis Boutaris was one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, the Kir-Yianni team, under the direction of Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis builds on the core pillars of the company’s philosophy: innovation, respect to tradition and specialized knowledge on wine, from the vineyard to the final consumer.

The activities of the Kir-Yianni Estate are entirely based on the principles of integrated farming.This practice was applied for the first time in 2004, with a certification by the Organization of certification and Supervision of Agricultural Products AGROCERT, and is still used today. The main aim is always the creation of wines of a special character: Rich but refined aromas, acidity to provide zest and ageing potential, perfect balance in the mouth and ease of combination with various dishes .

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Kir-yianniThe KIR-YIANNI company was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris. Based in Naoussa and Amyndeon, on both sides of mount Vermion in Northwestern Greece. At the time Yiannis Boutaris was one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry, when he left the Boutari Wine Group, the premium family wine company that his grandfather established in 1879. Today, the Kir-Yianni team, under the direction of Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis builds on the core pillars of the company's philosophy: innovation, respect to tradition and specialized knowledge on wine, from the vineyard to the final consumer.

The activities of the Kir-Yianni Estate are entirely based on the principles of integrated farming.This practice was applied for the first time in 2004, with a certification by the Organization of certification and Supervision of Agricultural Products AGROCERT, and is still used today. The main aim is always the creation of wines of a special character: Rich but refined aromas, acidity to provide zest and ageing potential, perfect balance in the mouth and ease of combination with various dishes .

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