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Kir-Yianni Xinomavro Ramnista 2012 750ml

size
750ml
country
Greece
region
Macedonia
appellation
Naoussa
WA
91
Additional vintages
WA
91
Rated 91 by Wine Advocate
The 2012 Ramnista was aged for 18 months in French oak (different vineyard blocks are aged separately for the first 12 months, then blended for the last six into the same barrels). It comes in at 14% alcohol. Despite being a relatively recent vintage, this is also a rather accessible one as Ramnista goes. In general, the 2012s in the region are richer and lusher, with less pure power--easier to approach. So, too, here, although everything is relative. The old school producers in the region like the 2012 vintage (everywhere, not just with Ramnista), but there is always this slight feeling of disdain along the lines of "too ripe, too modern, not enough power." This vintage won't produce the best vins de garde, to be sure, but the bottlings are surprisingly sexy for the grape and a good introduction to the wine, easier to understand than, say, the 2011. All that aside, this is pretty delicious, the fine fruit coming to the fore very quickly. Since it still is Ramnista and Xinomavro, there is power lurking. "Soft Xinomavro" is always a relative term here. Overall, this has some pizazz to it that makes it a lot of fun and it has improved since I first saw it about a year ago. If it turns out not to be the winery's greatest old bones, it will still age pretty well.
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Kir-Yianni Xinomavro Ramnista 2012 750ml

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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.
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Varietal: Xinomavro

The Xinomavro grapes which are grown throughout the arid hillsides of Macedonia, and elsewhere in Greece and other parts of the world, have been celebrated for millennia for their rich flavor and unique characteristics. The name 'Xinomavro' translates as 'acid black', and when drank young, the wines made from these grapes can be a little too abrasive and astringent. However, these blue-black skinned grapes produce wines of exceptional quality when aged and matured, as their strong tannins and high acidity mellows over time to reveal a deep and complex set of flavors and aromas. Most commonly, aged Xinomavro wines hold notes of red gooseberry, black olives, cinnamon, clove and dried tomato, making them an ideal accompaniment for many Mediterranean cuisines, and as such, their popularity has grown over recent decades in many countries around the world.
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Country: Greece

Few countries in the world can claim such an illustrious history of viticulture as that found in Greece, just as few countries can benefit from such an impressive range of terrain as that found across the mainland and islands of this ancient and fascinating land. When we consider that grapes are grown everywhere from the tiny islands in the Aegean sea, to larger land masses such as Rhodes and Crete, on the arid and rocky mainland and mountainous regions of Greek Macedonia, it is no wonder Greek wines show such huge diversity in style, flavor, aroma and character. One thing remains consistent, however, and that is the dedication to producing distinctly 'Greek' wines, full of characteristics which reflect the slow evolution of viticulture in a country which has been producing wine for several thousand years. Whilst certain wines, such as Retsina and those made from the Agiorghitiko grapes have long since been popular with fine wine drinkers world-wide, Greek wineries are continuing to produce superb wines using a wide range of native and imported grape varietals, meaning there are always plenty of new flavors and aromas to discover.