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White
2012 Domaine de la Grange des Pères Vin de Pays de l'Hérault Blanc White Rhone Blend
9/25/2015 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
95 points
Celebrating Yiannis Karakassis' Master of Wine Entitlement (Food Mafia Restaurant, Glyfada, Greece): A fantastic white. The nose is reminiscent of a top Rhone white with nectarine, apricot, marzipan, orange zest and tropical fruit like mango. Full-bodied, dense and oily-textured with huge extract and almost low acidity. Endless aftertaste. Excellent.
  • Yiannis commented:

    9/28/17, 5:59 AM - The white. I just corrected the note. Thanks for noticing.

Red
2010 A. et P. de Villaine Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise La Digoine Pinot Noir
10/30/2016 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
90 points
Pinot Noir in its purest expression. Medium to light garnet. Red cherries, raspberries, green tea, violets, spices and stalky scents on the nose. Medium to light bodied and silky-textured with balancing acidity and a medium aftertaste. Pure and clean. So enjoyable in its simplicity.
  • Yiannis commented:

    11/5/16, 7:00 AM - Thanks for your kind comment.

Red
2011 Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia Sassicaia Red Bordeaux Blend
12/28/2015 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
92 points
Still a baby. Restrained nose of dark cherries, capsicum and cedar. Med-full bodied with very firm, almost drying tannins and high acidity. A baby. Almost unapproachable.
  • Yiannis commented:

    1/3/16, 11:34 AM - Thank you very much. It was a great night indeed. Ornellaia vs Sassicaia dinner and a 2005 Lynch-Bages.

Red
2010 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Amyndaio
12/12/2014 - Yiannis wrote:
86 points
Medium ruby-garnet. Vegetal nose with greenness alongside strawberry, red berry and spice. Medium-bodied, soft, balanced, medium concentration and length.
  • Yiannis commented:

    11/17/15, 5:35 AM - This is the winery's entry level xinomavro, their high end xin being the Reserve Old Vines. The latter is quite agewarthy, bur for the former (Hedghog) I would not suggest keeping for more than 2-3 years.

  • Yiannis commented:

    11/18/15, 2:37 AM - In the Greek market it costs around 12 euros a bottle, that is around 14 dolllars. How much did you pay for it in the U.S ?

Red
2012 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Marqués de Casa Concha Puente Alto
6/18/2015 - andreguima Likes this wine:
88 points
It is a good wine but this vintage lacks a little bit of body I think. I normally like "new world" cabernets specially because they don't present that annoying mentol taste. This one show shows all the red berries everyone know and some spicy and herbs. It is a good cost/benefit for sure.
  • Yiannis commented:

    6/19/15, 3:16 AM - I do not think it is a matter of vintage but rather the winemaker's choice to change the style of the wine towards elegance and subtlety. I have read an interview by Marcelo Pappa, Concha y Toro's chief winemaker, where he said that he picks the grapes one month earlier than before to avoid ripeness and uses less new oak to highlight freshness and clarity of fruit. I personally like both styles, but if your taste is for bolder, richer new world cabs than this label will not be your go to cab anymore. Fortunately there are so many choices in the wine world. Cheers!

Red
2011 G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kyè Langhe DOC
G.D. Vajra Winery Visit (G.D. Vajra Winery in Barolo): Appearance is clear, medium intensity, purplish ruby colour. Legs.
Nose is clean, medium intensity, with aromas of floral violets and roses, sweet dark cherries. Developing.
On the palate, dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ alcohol, high tannins, full body. Pronounced flavor intensity, with flavours of rosewater, sweet dark cherries, redcurrant. Medium+ finish.
My first time trying the Freisa varietal. Very good quality. Will improve with another 4-5 years of age.
  • Yiannis commented:

    5/6/15, 5:02 AM - I red your t.n. after I posted mine and was glad to find out they were so alike. Cheers.

  • Yiannis commented:

    5/6/15, 11:29 AM - If you like to explore unknown varieties, then the Greek vineyard is your place to go. Not just xinomavro from Naoussa but also assyrtiko and mavrotragano from Santorini, agiorgitiko from Nemea, moschofilero from Mantinia, limniona, malagousia, roditis, mavrodaphne, robola, vidiano and many many more. Once you start your trip and feel in need for any help I am more than glad to help you. Cheers once again

White
2012 Miguel Torres Chardonnay Cordillera Curico Valley
9/19/2013 - k.lonis wrote:
87 points
(Genius in Gastronomy tasting room)

Clear, pale lemon color. The nose is clean of medium- intensity, lighter than expected, white flowers, citrus hints, lemon. Youthful

The palate is dry, medium+ body, medium intensity, medium alcohol, medium acidity, balanced, light citrus, fruit notes, pear, green apple and medium finish.

Very good wine, high priced (20euros) , drinking now but could age.
  • Yiannis commented:

    2/18/15, 3:17 AM - I agree on tasting note but this wine retails (in Greece) at around 13 euros (from Cellier)

Red
2008 La Tour Melas Larissa Red Bordeaux Blend
2/18/2014 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
92 points
Dark ruby. Expressive nose of dark plum, dark cherry, sweet spices, licorice and blackberry with noticeable sweet oakiness. Medium-bodied, balanced and soft with a long aftertaste. Will improve further after fully intagrating the oak. Fruit and structure seem capable to support further aging. Perfectly paired with a juicy, steak au poivre.
  • Yiannis commented:

    10/21/14, 5:31 AM - Well, I have scored this 91, then 93 and 92 the last time. I don't think that a 1 point difference reflects a real decline in quality or a change in taste...it is more a matter of the moment and the overall experience. I still believe that this is an excellent, albeit not "Greek" as you mension. wine.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1998 Château d'Yquem Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
9/27/2014 - Papies wrote:
From half a bottle and at the end of a long wine dinner so palate fatigue played a role but it didn't feel right , a few bitter notes and altogether not right. We believe having tried this before ( Papies 95) that it is not characteristic of the wine and hence no rating here but very worried to find this level of bottle variation.
  • Yiannis commented:

    10/3/14, 6:54 AM - I had this one recently (see my note of 9/9/2014) from 750ml bottle and it was excellent. I rated it 95 as you did previously. You must have come across a bad bottle. Is it possible that the size has played a role in this? To be honest, in general I have not found big differences between different size formats of a certain wine, only a slightly more rapid pace of evolution for the smaller ones.

White
2013 Panagiotopoulos Malagousia Peloponnisos
8/8/2014 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium lemon-yellow with green hues. Explossive nose of lychee, flowers and herbs...very gewurtz-like indeed! Medium-bodied with noticeable sweetness, rich fruit and medium yet sufficient acidity. Med+ aftertaste. Ready to enjoy and please the crowds. Excellent as an aperitif or to accompany asian dishes.
  • Yiannis commented:

    8/30/14, 8:51 AM - Sorry, it was a mistyping. I meant "moderate yet sufficient acidity". Thanks for your comment.

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/10/2014 - kevin23610 Likes this wine:
94 points
Seems to be a lot of lower reviews on this. No doubt a lot of WS "hating" going on. Seems to be a trend on CT. Anyway, on the best Temp's I've had in quite some time. Fantastic flavor fruit forward profile with a smooth subtle lingering finish. Great oak and cherry infusion. I will add a few more to the cellar. Truly an award winning Temp well worth the price.
  • Yiannis commented:

    6/11/14, 1:19 AM - I have noticed and been concerned about this lower scoring byass of CT users compared to professional wine reviewers and my explanation is that the reason for this is their lack of experience. Taking myself as an example, I used to score wines in a much more conservative manner when I was a beginner in wine. Gaining in experience and coming across the wines that are considered as the benchmarks I got a clearer picture and became keener to award higher scores to the wines I really liked.

  • Yiannis commented:

    6/11/14, 6:55 AM - Nicely put. The "wine experts" who disagree with the pros just because and out of spite -as you correctly put it- are the ones I call wine hipsters. You can find them in many "alternative" wine blogs and their main obssession is to differentiate themselves by rejecting anything that is highly praised by the big guys and go instead for anything they consider as alternative, obscure, anti-mainstream etc.

Red
2002 Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz Blend, Syrah
5/22/2014 - Topper wrote:
93 points
The theme of this flight was - one grape, four countries, served blind. The grape turned out to be syrah, and the countries were Australia, France, Italy and the U.S. Wines ended up to be 02 Clarendon Hills Astralis, 01 La Turque, 02 Sine Qua Non Just for the Love of it, and 01 Macchiole Scrio. The first three were all terrific and only the Scrio couldn't stand up to the competition. For me, the SQN just squeeked out a victory over the Guigal, with the Astralis just a whisker behind. People were able to easily pick this out as the Aussie on account of the sweet blue/black flavor profile, the big impact of the wine and highish alcohol, yet they were surprised at the relative softness and balance of this wine compared to the same wine in its youth, or to other Australian blockbuster wines. In the end, it couldn't quite match the complexity and verve of the SQN and the La Turque but it definitely belonged in their company.
  • Yiannis commented:

    5/23/14, 12:30 AM - So was it 1999 or 2002?

Red
2007 Tsantali Kormilitsa Gold Mt. Athos Red Blend
4/30/2014 - Yiannis Does not like this wine:
70 points
Bordeaux Blends from Around the World Wine Tasting Presented by the Wine Commanders (Paradiso Restaurant, Athens, Greece): This wine is clearly faulty with an awfully funky nose of sulfur and rarely cleaned WC. On the palate it is full-bodied with high fruit concentration, and coarse tannins resulting in harshness. This wine retails at around 130 euros and is supposedly one of the few Greek fine wines. Shame!
  • Yiannis commented:

    5/5/14, 4:25 AM - Please see also Stefenos T.'s note on the same bottle.

Red
2010 Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon Franschhoek Valley
4/30/2014 - Stefanos T. Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent wine!
Very Bordeaux-like with judicious use of top quality oak, initially some animal notes, green peppers, smoke and mocha, cassis and cedar. Youthful but already complex and open nose. Very elegant on the palate, medium bodied with fine texture well managed tannins and a beautiful bitter aftertaste.
  • Yiannis commented:

    5/1/14, 10:45 AM - Napanook is Dominus' second label. We tasted the Dominus Estate, i.e. the "Grand Vin"

White
2010 Capannelle Chardonnay Toscana IGT
3/31/2014 - k.lonis Likes this wine:
90 points
2nd Gastronomy Fair 2014; 3/30/2014-3/31/2014 (Intercontinental Hotel): 30% of the wine spent 6 months in new oak

Clear deep lemon color.
Clean, med intensity, citrus, pineapple, vanilla scented oak, developing, impressive.
The wine is dry, med+ body and med intensity, med alcohol and acidity, rich and oily texture, tin pineapple, ripe peach, glycerin, balanced, med+ finish.
Outstanding quality, premium price, can hold.

Just to explain myself to Yiannis before he cuts my throat, the wine is great, different, shows real complexity and I would have it any day, but the price tag is huge (a retail price of about 70+ euros) and for a 2010 "big" white, it sure felt more evolved than expected.
  • Yiannis commented:

    4/23/14, 6:54 AM - 1. I agree with you that the wine is evolved and I mention this in my t.n. where I wrote that I detected purposeful oxidation. That being said, this is its character and I believe that it will not develop fast over the next years.
    2. Price in Italy is in the 35-45 euros range. The rest is about the importer's pricing policy.
    3. Your 90 is in general analogous to my 94 so no real debate here. My scores are more inflated than yours and that's all
    4. No intention to cut your throat anyway
    5. I noticed that my t.n. on Tyrrell's Vat 1 Semillon 1998 is included in your own t.n. Thanks.

  • Yiannis commented:

    4/23/14, 8:01 AM - No, it's ok, if you agree with my note just keep it as it is

Red
2009 Diamantakos Xinomavro Naoussa
3/5/2014 - k.lonis wrote:
85 points
Clear, pale purple color.
The nose is clean, the intensity is medium/medium+, wonderful nose, typical of the variety, olive paste and leather, mocca, cinnamon and clove, sundried tomato and vegetal notes, prunes with red and black cherries, a subtle underlying oak, after a while a more earthy character appears with a handful of mushrooms on forest floor. Youthful to developing and gorgeous.
On the palate the wine is a big let down, the wine is dry, medium+ acodity, medium alcohol (13.50%), medium intensity, medium+ tannins . The wine appears to be fully developed, very thin fruit concentration with a few cranberries here and there, leather, clove and thyme and a strange metallic taste in the medium-/medium finish.
I have to put it as very good quality due to the extraordinary nose, high price and drinking now. It is extraordinary how deceiving is the nose. I have to open another bottle just to be sure about this.
  • Yiannis commented:

    4/8/14, 2:28 AM - I can confirm that your t.n. is precise and applied to my bottle too. The palate is disappointing indeed, thin and lacking in fruit concentration, probably due to the rainy 2009 vintage.

White
2011 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc White Rhone Blend
2/27/2014 - Gymcoach11 wrote:
80 points
First time having a white Rhone by e. Guigal and I'm surprised. The nose is light with hints of passion fruit, banana, and some citrus hints. On the palate the passion fruit and citrus notes come alive and the finish is clean. Very nice southern Rhone white and you can't beat the price.
  • Yiannis commented:

    4/3/14, 1:12 PM - So why just 80 points? Based on your review this wine deserves much more!

White
2013 Bossinakis Moschofilero Mantinia
3/25/2014 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
89 points
Quite dark, onion skin yellow-grey. Expressive nose with white rose, koufeto (candied almonds served at weddings), loukoum and citrus scents. Medium-bodied with obvious sweetness, medium acidity and satisfying length. One of the top moschofileros alongside Nassiakos, Tselepos and Skouras.
  • Yiannis commented:

    3/27/14, 1:23 AM - 1. Δεν έφαγα μπακαλίάρο αλλά μία ποικιλία από βραστά, ψητά και τηγανητά ψάρια
    2. Δεν ήμουν μόνος
    3. Τη Μαντίνεια Μποσινάκη ίσα που την άνοιξα και τη δοκίμασα, αλλά βασικά την ήπια την επόμενη ημέρα (και έχει μείνει ακόμη λίγη)

Red
2005 Mas Doix Priorat Costers de Vinyes Velles Grenache Blend, Grenache
3/24/2014 - Stefanos T. Likes this wine:
94 points
As it is now it may not be my favorite style of wine but it is really impressive.
Darkly colored with an intense and youthful nose featuring loads of toasty oak,
dark fruit, minerals, aniseed, espresso roast, it is also full bodied as expected, a little
too sweet for my taste but with intensity, complexity and length. I am not sure how
well it goes with food but on its own with small nibbles it is very hedonistic.
  • Yiannis commented:

    3/25/14, 1:57 PM - You should taste this on the next day! A different wine and really fantastic. Everything had settled down!

Red
1995 Château Lafon-Rochet St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend
2/21/2014 - Papies wrote:
93 points
Decanted for 1 hour and tried blind. Initial guessed pointed to 1. Andreas 96 Lynch, Nicoletta late 90s Cos.
Open nose, very cabernet sauvignon driven,, secondary but still with good fruit, white pepper, forest floor in a way. On the palate it is still going strong, good weight, none of the 95 issues we so often come across (main reason none of us thought t was a 95) good mid palate fruit and length. Pretty solid effort and very good to drink now. 93
  • Yiannis commented:

    2/24/14, 7:25 AM - Could you please explain to me what do you mean by "95 issues?". I am asking because this is my wedding anniversary year and I tend to buy 1995 wines to open on my anniversary, so please help me avoid any traps. Thanks in advance.

  • Yiannis commented:

    2/25/14, 1:32 AM - Thanks. I have limited experience with 1995 left bank Bdx, but I have not encountered the issues you descripe, probably because I have not drank the wines you are refering to. This year I opened during my wedding anniversary dinner the 1995 Ducru Beaucaillou which was very good but not great, but last year's 1995 Haut Brion was terrific. Now that I remember, a wine that was relatively disappointing was the 1995 Ch. Margaux, which was unevenly evolved, with the nose showing much more evolution than the angular palate. So for safety reasons I probably have to look elswhere than the Medoc for my wedding anniversary wines. I had some excellent Northern Rhones as well as Tuscanys so far. However I keep a 1995 Lafite for my 20th anniversary (2015). Keep enjoying great wines! Cheers.

  • Yiannis commented:

    2/26/14, 12:59 AM - Yes, just to cross the river and go to the right bank. Thanks once again.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2003 Argyros Vinsanto Santorini Assyrtiko
12/31/2013 - Benj wrote:
91 points
Note: this may not be the flagship Argyros vinsanto, which I believe is aged for considerably longer. But had this at a restaurant by the glass so only have so much information. Anyway:

Prunes, cherry juice, NyQuil, excellent sweet-acid balance. Bright and fruity but also quite some woody, raisined depth. Really excellent stuff, not cloying.
  • Yiannis commented:

    1/16/14, 6:05 AM - You are right, the wine you drank was probably the cheaper "Vinsanto Mezzo" cuvee which is released younger and has less residual sugar. The last vintage Argyros Vinsanto was the 1992 or 1993 (I am not sure) and since then, the winery stopped releasing its vinsantos as vintage wines. Currently there are 3 versions of Argyros vinsanto, all of them "non-vintage": the 4 years old (which is similar to the old "mezzo" that you have drunk), the 12 years old and the flagship 20 years old.

Red
1981 Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
12/20/2013 - Stefanos T. wrote:
89 points
Nose with the complexity of a fine mature Bordeaux which has already started to decline but intensity was rather low. On the palate on the other hand, the wine is thin, fruit is gone with acidity dominating and finish being astringent due to drying tannins. I was surprised to read Michael Broadbent's very flattering note although it was from some fifteen years ago.
  • Yiannis commented:

    12/23/13, 2:11 AM - So you agree with Parker's note. So do I.

White
2012 Gaia Assyrtiko Wild Ferment Santorini
12/17/2013 - alanh13 Likes this wine:
92 points
At the 10 Cases restaurant in Covent Garden.
My first assyrtiko and wow! This could be a Grand Cru Chablis. Wonderful minerality, richness, depth, complexity, smokiness, such incredible acidity and excellent, long finish. It almost seemed oaked, such was its richness. There was also a touch of honey that made it seem like a GC Chablis with plenty of bottle age. Fantastic salinity too. Very Chablis like actually, but somehow richer and more complex. It reminded me quite a bit of some old 2006 Kumeu Rivers I had recently.
I'm going to have to get into Assyrtiko more! Super!
  • Yiannis commented:

    12/18/13, 1:10 AM - I am glad you enjoyed this wine and certainly you will discover many more treasures once you get into assyrtiko. I have some suggestions for you if you like. The wine you tasted is one of my favorite and is indeed partially oaked. A part of it is fermentd in INOX tanks and another part in a combination of French and American oak as well as acacia casks.

  • Yiannis commented:

    12/20/13, 5:17 AM - Top producers in Santorini are Sigalas, Argyros, Gaia and Hatzidakis who follows a different path especially for his premium labels, with more ripe fruit, higher alcohol and sometimes some degree of oxidation. His entry-level Santorini that you mentioned is an excellent unoaked assyrtiko, more mainstream than the other Hatzidakis labels. All Santorini winemakers produce unoaked and oaked versions. My favorite oaked assyrtikos are Gaia Wild Ferment (which you have already tasted), Argyros Barrel Fermented and Hatzidakis Nychteri. There are some interesting Assyrtikos from mainland Greece too, but these are fruitier wines with less minerality than those produced in Santorini, the variety's homeland. A very good example is Biblia Chora Areti. Finally, top vintages for Santorini wines are 2011, 2009 and 2003. Assyrtiko ages very well so don't hesitate to try older vintages, provided they were properly stored.

Red
2010 Manousakis Syrah Nostos Crete
12/19/2013 - Stefanos T. Likes this wine:
92 points
Very dark color, still purple.
Nose is very expressive, clean and sweet with concentrated red and black berry fruit and sweet oaky spice.
On the palate it has a creamy feel, high fruit concentration is very well balanced by acidity and ripe tannins.
Body is medium to full and alcohol is well integrated. At this stage new oak notes dominate but this is not
necessarily a bad thing, fruit although abundant is yet undefined and rather focused. But the wine is so well balanced,
fruit is so abundant, tannins unobtrusive and oak so creamy that it can be drank on it own.
I do not know how the wine will evolve but at the moment the wine lacks the complexity of Porte du Ciel to which my friend Yiannis compares it.
Great value at around 15 euros.
  • Yiannis commented:

    12/20/13, 3:36 AM - Well, basically I agree. I compared them based on the style. This is not as complex and has not proven its aging potential yet, hence I rated it 2 points lower than Port du Ciel. It is much cheaper though...

Red
2004 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
12/18/2013 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
93 points
Dark garnet. Expressive and continuously evolving nose of cinnamon, clove, dark berries alongside some medicinal scents of nail-polish remover. Full-bodied, rich but not heavy, with high fruit concentration, excellent balance and length. This is the second time I come across a Ridge Monte Bello red and I have to admit that while I find it a very distinctive and interesting wine, I do not fully understand why it has received so much praise. Excellent, but somehow lacks the wow factor I expect from a top cali cab.
  • Yiannis commented:

    12/19/13, 3:00 AM - Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I don't have any experience with aged Monte Bello, but legend has it that they last for many decades.

White
2007 Boutari Kallisti Reserve Santorini Assyrtiko
11/4/2013 - Papies wrote:
88 points
Not of the same standard as the 2009 ( Papies 92-93) that we had last week. Could be that the wine is old but still .. The oak is a lot more pronounced and the wine overall feels like a generic light oaky Chardonnay . With some aeration it did develop some more but still showed very little of the assyrtiko beauty the 2009 displayed. We will give it some benefit of the doubt as maybe this was badly kept but at best an 88 from us.
  • Yiannis commented:

    11/5/13, 7:32 AM - I suspect that one reason for this not being on par with the 2009, is the fact that 2009 was a much better vintage for Santorini than the very hot 2007. In fact, great modern Santorini vintages are 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2011, though many 2011's are shut down at the moment.

  • Yiannis commented:

    11/6/13, 3:09 AM - There is no "Kallisti Grande Reserve" from this winery, only a Naoussa Grande Reserve is available on the market. Concerning the evidence of oak you noticed at the 2007 compared to the 2009, there are 2 possible explanations: either the winemaking method has changed or the more powerful fruit of 2009 (thanks to the better vintage) resulted in better oak integration and balance. Based on my information, the second scenario is more likely.

Red
2009 Château Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
10/6/2013 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
99 points
Cellier Wine Fair (Atheneum Intercontinental Hotel, Athens, Greece.): Unlike La Mission Haut Brion and Haut Brion from the same vintage alongside which it was tasted, this was extremely expressive and forward. Color is less dark compared to the other two, but still dark ruby-purple. Stunning nose of what makes a great Margaux: cedar, graphite cassis, esspresso roast, florals and noble animal notes. Continuously evolving with aeration. Medium to full-bodied with fine-grained tannins, perfect balance and great depth. Long aftertaste. Already extremely enjoyable. A beauty in every sence of the word.
  • Yiannis commented:

    10/8/13, 3:16 AM - Thanks for the information. I am glad for having contributed to this. As I noticed, it shares this posistion with the 2000 La Fleur.

Red
2006 Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Serègo Alighieri Vaio Armaron Corvina Blend, Corvina
9/29/2013 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
94 points
Oenokosmos Wine Show, Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens, Greece: Dark ruby-garnet. Stunning nose with sage, liquorice, candied cherry in syrup, chocolate, mint and noticeable but nicely integrated oak. Full-bodied with firm tannins, high acidity and a long aftertaste. Blind could pass for a top Aussie shiraz.
  • Yiannis commented:

    9/30/13, 3:31 AM - Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I do not have any of these in my cellar but I might buy...

Red
1997 Kir-Yianni Ramnista Naoussa Xinomavro
8/23/2013 - Papies wrote:
92 points
From magnum and requires some decanting. Always a joy to come across well aged xinomavro ( We were told by Filippo Pulisci of Antinori that this is known as negroamaro in Italy and in both cases it translates as black & bitter, Jancis Robinson however told us that there is no Genetic Link) because with age it takes this delicate character almost a Pinot noir. The nose is quite open from start, with a bordeauxesque feel, leather, tobacco notes light earth. Still a decent amount fruit here, well round, silky tannin and with good depth. Lovely purity and character and full of typicity. For sure it has had a close encounter with oak in its elevage but that is long gone. Very nice! 92 and with quite a bit of life ahead.
  • Yiannis commented:

    9/3/13, 5:01 AM - Are you sure that there is any genetic relationship/similarity between the Greek xinomavro and the Italian negroamaro besides their names and their tannic characters? I am really interested to find out, since no such information (from DNA testing or other method) has ever come to my knowledge. Thanks in advance.

  • Yiannis commented:

    9/4/13, 3:20 AM - Thanks for your kind reply. I have also checked J. Robinson's "Wine Grapes" book last night. No relationship between these 2 varieties is mentioned.

Red
2005 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend
8/23/2013 - Topper wrote:
93 points
This is a big, bright, spicy, mouthfilling, cherry tinged wine. Somehow, if I had to show someone a a representative bottle of Chateauneuf and they had never had one, I might pull this out. Not the best, not the biggest, but a very good modern version of this region's wine.
  • Yiannis commented:

    9/3/13, 12:33 AM - After all, what does a "representative" CdP tastes like? I mean there is so much diversity in this region...

White
2011 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini
8/17/2013 - Stefanos T. wrote:
89 points
Drank at a restaurant which served us the 2011 vintage while the 2012 is already long time on the market,
so I am not sure about the provenance. This is a sturdy wine that is capable to withstand less than perfect
storing conditions but the wine had lost fruit and was mostly nutty in character. Not bad but I think there are
better bottles around. Not an aromatic wine in style, rather a wine of texture and minerality.
  • Yiannis commented:

    8/20/13, 5:55 AM - I fully agree with your note but can assure you that it was not a bottle problem, but rather the fact that this vintage is currently undergoing an awkward phase, revealing very little fruit even by Santorini standards as I have noticed recently. I hope it will "wake up" again to reveal a nice secondary character for which Santorini wines are quite famous.

Red
2003 Carruades de Lafite Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
6/17/2013 - Yiannis Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for 1 hour, but showed much better on day 2. Medium-dark garnet. Initially some funk, but later fantastic aromas of cedar, cassis, dark cherry, pencil shavings and violets were revealed. More complex aromatically and more intense on day 2. Medium-bodied combining power and finesse, with silky tannins, amazing freshness given the vintage, balancing acidity and a very long aftertaste. Fleshier and rounder on day 2. Probably at peak, with some life ahead. One of the best 2003's I have come across.
  • Yiannis commented:

    6/17/13, 6:49 AM - The bottle showed better on day two for 3 reasons:
    1. All the funk it initially revealed was gone completely. Although the "fantastic aromas" I mentioned on my t.n. were obvious some time after the bottle had been opened, they were cleaner and stronger after the remaining half-bottle spent a night in my refrigerator. In fact the bottle was opened on Friday night and was fully consumed on Saturday during lunch. 2. Although the tannins were already "silky" from the beginning, the wine was overall fleshier on day 2, but then again it might be that the olfactory experience (cleaner and more expressive nose) "helped" me perceive it as such. 3. I wrote "probably at peak with some life ahead". I was going to write "with a long life ahead" but did not based on my experience with the 2001's I had, which were perfect until 2 years ago, but the last bottle I opened on last Christmass eve showed clear signs of fatigue (see my relative notes). But then, this was another vintage, so who knows...All that being said, yhe wine was very enjoyable at this stage, so I did not regret opening it. I wish you enjoy yours equally or even more, whenever you open it. Thanks for your comment.

White
2011 Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini
5/24/2013 - k.lonis wrote:
87 points
(WineGate) Clear pale lemon color with green hues. On the nose the wine is clean, it has a medium intensity showing flint at first that quickly goes away, blossom, dominant aromas of green fruit with pear mostly, pineapple, lemon, green bell pepper, with sweet-ish notes of apricot and what at first thought they were from autolysis but after watching the label with caution I read that 20% of the wine spent 6 months in oak, it was like lemon tart! Really nice .
In the palate the wine delivers almost instantly its high acidity and dryness of its origin. Medium alcholo level and full body with massive green character of apple and pear, lemon again with just a hint of white pepper.
Ends with a medium to long aftertaste of green fruit, steely minerality and lemon acidity. A very good wine that's a bit fresh to have now by the glass but it could be tricked with the proper dish on its side.
  • Yiannis commented:

    5/29/13, 2:45 AM - The wine reviewed here (20% of it having spent 6 months in oak) is the Argyros Estate Santorini (previously labeled "Canava Argyros"). The Argyros Assyrtiko on the other hand, is a tank fermented wine that sees no oak at all and is mostly exported and rairly found in the Greek market. And of course there is the flagship Argyros Estate Santorini Barrel which is 100% oak fermented and aged which you also reviewed. I have to admit that the labeling system of this winery is somewhat confusing regarding these 3 labels and I myself have had trouble several times in selecting the right name for the wine to be reviewed. That being said, your review is absolutely precise and complete and honestly I have no intention to "tear you to pieces" for awarding wines less "inflated" scores than I do.

White
2011 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini
12/15/2012 - jpdel wrote:
90 points
Bigger than the 2010s, more fruit, has all the typical assyrtiko notes, but as if it were blended with Sauvignon blanc.
  • Yiannis commented:

    12/20/12, 4:15 AM - I totally agree with the remark that this wine tastes more like an assyrtiko/sauvignon blanc blend than a pure Santorini assyrtiko. Sigalas has recently adopted a more fruit- forward and crowd-pleasing style, without totally compromising the regional and varietal character. If you are looking for an old school Santorini assyrtiko, try Argyros and Gaia Thalassitis.

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