2017 Kir-Yianni Estate Xinomavro Cuvee Villages Naoussa Greece
The Kir-Yianni company was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris. Based in Naoussa and Amyndeon, on both sides of mount Vermion in northwestern Greece, the winery carries on a long history of family tradition, focusing on the production of premium wines with authentic character. Today the Kir-Yianni team is under the direction of Stelios Boutaris, son of Yiannis. Xinomavro (it’s pronounced ksee-NOH-mavro) is a red grape found all over northern and central Greece. It has high acidity and a tendency to dry, prickly tannins, and in character and characteristics it is somewhat similar to Nebbiolo. This is a bold and edgy red with aromas of cedar, violets and dried herbs; complex flavors of dark chocolate and blueberries; firm tannins and a long finish.