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Boutari Naoussa 750ml 2009
Sku: 1869113
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Country: Greece
Region: Macedonia
Sub-Region: Naoussa
Grape Varietal: Xinomavro
Type: Still wine
Reg. $18.39
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Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2009 Naoussa, Boutari?s regular Xinomavro, has been a very nice value of late, sometimes seeming like quite a deal. So it is again?although take note of some differences this year. It generally receives modest oak aging (around 12 months in 225L French oak, used 3 to 4 times), which tends to help the Xinomavro shine through. Granting that sensory memory is a fragile thing, this seemed to me rather different at this stage of its life than recent prior vintages, less round and civilized, a bit tighter, earthier, less fleshy, a trend I think that I have seen in some other 2009s. Indeed, Chief Oenologist Yiannis Voyatzis later wrote to me that the vintage led to wines with a bit more astringency and a bit less color and roundness. If you don?t mind a little rusticity (or even prefer it), this worked it all out quite well. The oak was beautifully integrated early on, hardly affecting the wine at all. The light color, purity and earthy nose give this a very Nebbiolo feel, a very old world, old school sensibility, with fine acidity and intensity. It is excellent, traditional and well done in its own way and style. Some may prefer it; some might prefer the riper style of, say, the 2007. You may like both. I did. It should age well and be great as a food wine, too. You can approach this if you must, but it really needs a few years of cellaring to come together. Drink 2015-2024.  (Apr 2013)

Wine Spectator 90 points - A hint of orange peel to the lively dried raspberry, date and green fig flavors, which hang together with the support of vibrant acidity and medium-grained tannins. Complex and savory, with an alluring finish of sandalwood. Xinomavro. Drink now. 27,778 cases made. –KM Rated #69 in Wine Spectator’s 2013 Top 100 (Sep 30 2013)

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