2008 / 750 ml.
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90 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: April, 2012
The 2008 Ramnista, a Xinomavro, is traditional and chock full of steel, tannin and acidity. Its style is not too much different than the 2009 Paranga reviewed this issue, but it is more solidly built and better executed all around. Its hard edged, high acid, somewhat gamey and rustic demeanor won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an exceptional performance in many respects from Kir-Yianni with fine depth, persistence and structure. It is a good example of the type of Xinomavro that I like to compare to old style Nebbiolo. It certainly requires the right type of food matchup. Indeed, I saved a bit of this as an experiment for a nice red sauce, pasta and meatballs dish — suddenly, it sang, the acidity and tannins absorbed or complemented. The touch of barnyard was much better absorbed, too. It never reached the point of what I saw on the Paranga. There are more refined styles and examples of Xinomavro these days (see the lovely Boutari Naoussa, reported on recently) and more elegant ones (see what Alpha Estate is producing from its Amyndeon terroir), but this seems to say “take it or leave it.” You decide. If it is in your style, it exceeds expectations in its price category and it should well reward cellaring, becoming more complex and coming together better over the next decade or so. Theoretically approachable, depending on your tolerance for tannins and rusticity, this will most certainly be better around 2015 or so. If you are a modern style wine drinker, with everything soft, sweet, fruity and approachable on release, this isn’t going to be your style of wine. Otherwise, at the anticipated shelf price, this stern and steely wine should be a nice, ageworthy bargain. Drink 2014–2027.