This delicious Sparkling Rosé won the hearts and palates of our members at the June 19th, 2020 Wine Palate Development Lab. Within 24 hours we had sold our entire inventory, so we had to order more and make it a permanent fixture in our shop.
Kir-Yianni was established in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry. Kir- Yianni, “Sir John” in Greek, is best known for producing premium Xinomavro from the slopes of Mt. Vermio in Northwestern Greece. Today, Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis, actively manages the winery and their two 30+ year-old estate vineyards locat- ed in Naoussa and Amyndeon. Combined, the vineyards stretch over 160 acres and range in elevation from 1,000 to 2,200 feet. The Naoussa vineyard is located in Yian- nakohori, the highest point in the viticultural zone, and is home to all the Kir-Yianni red varietals. The vines are planted in 40 different blocks based on their different soil properties. The Amyndeon vineyard is located in one of the most promising Greek winemaking regions. This smaller of the two vineyards is home to the winery’s white varietals.
Winemaker Notes: Deep bright rose color. Overabundant bubbles pointing out the wonderful smells of Xinomavro.
Wine Tasting Notes: Bright color, vivid acidity combined with the juicy aromas of strawber- ry, the discrete presence of sugar and the playful, lingering finish, make up a wine that embodies all the power and the finesse of the mountainous Amyndeon terroir.
Kir-Yianni Akakies, Xinomavro 2018 [Greece]
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