(3/4/2021) "The 2017 Ramnista, all Xinomavro, was aged for 16 months in 30% new 5,000-liter French casks (but for a 5% dollop of American wood). It comes in at 14.6% alcohol (actual, I'm told). Solid in the mid-palate, this shows off fine fruit with a subtle layer of wood as an overlay. This has some power on the finish too, but the mid-palate concentration easily soaks it up, making this rather approachable (not every young Ramnista is). It should still age well, developing more complexity along the way, but this seems to be drinking nicely right now. Still, it was better the next day, when it showed more of that Xinomavro acidity and complexity. We'll see if it can turn into anything more in time, but if not, it's still pretty darned good at a nice price. Drink Date: 2021 - 2035."
(8/2021) "The Boutaris center this wine on Xinomavro growing in the lighter soils of their vineyard, looking for fragrance. This wine has it in spades, notes of incense, herbs, roses and rusty iron informing the dark-plum fruit. This vintage--the first to be vinified in 5,000-liter oak vats rather than smaller vessels--feels particularly exotic, its complex minor chords of fruit and spice and the scents of beeswax and incense conjuring up the scents of an Orthodox mass. This wants lamb chops grilled over vine cuttings."