Kir-Yianni Ramnista 2015
|Region||Greece, Macedonia, Náousa|
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Ramnista is the winery's classic Xinomavro, aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. Sourced entirely from Yianakohori, Naoussa, this is traditional in all senses of the word. It is the familiar style of Xinomavro-a little earthy, rustic and crisp-that makes me compare it to old-school Nebbiolo. True, not everyone holds to that style, including Kir-Yianni with its Diaporos bottling this issue. This is iconic, though. It is pretty tight right now, a bit too dusty. Yet, with about two hours of air, it comes around surprisingly well. (That's not always the case!) For all of the power, the amber and freshness, there is also a certain lushness and fine fruit. This will still benefit greatly from about three more years or so in the cellar. Or, you can take it to your BYOB pizza shop tonight, serve it blind and watch the guys from the old country go: "I love Nebbiolo!"