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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer KIR-YIANNI
NEW in Vintages, this Flagship exclusive has remarkable depth of flavour along with great structure and dense expansive ripe fruit flavours. Fairly deep purple-ruby colour, the attractive, expansive bouquet shows off Xinomavro perfectly, except in this case there is a slight twist as 13% of the blend is Syrah. The end result is a bright, intense, violet-tinged nose that has on one hand, shades of a great Barolo and on the other, hints of a classy, complex, lead-pencil-tinged, Chateau Gruaud-Larose from Saint-Julien. Dry, medium-full bodied, harmonious and well structured, the dense, bright, still-youthful, ripe, Damson-plum-cherry-cassis fruit flavours are followed up with a long, lingering, gently cedary, well balanced, lifted, faintly savoury, still slightly grippy, sandalwood-tinged finish. This unique Diaporos Singe Vineyard Xinomavro was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (50% new and 50% second use). It has 14% alcohol and 2.1 g/L residual sugar with lot number L22618 on the back label. CSPC 14131
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Kol Gro
Country Greece
Rating ***/***+(95 points)
Dense, Bright, Ripe, Complex
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
TASTING NOTE: The 2016 Diaporos Block 5 (the new labels just say \"single vineyard\" not \"Block 5\") is mostly Xinomavro, with 13% Syrah blended in. It was aged for 18 months in new French oak and comes in at 13.9% alcohol. After tasting through a bunch of silky and tannic Xinomavros, I came to this blend. Of all the Xinomavro-based wines this issue, this would be my favorite. In its youth, it seems lusher, more expressive and less closed. The wide-open Syrah may have something to do with that, but this Block 5 is pretty special as well. This will have a more approachable feel than a lot of young Xinomavros (including Kir-Yianni's), but don't be confused - there's power underneath and plenty of aging ability. These are all just relative comments. There's enough depth this year, not the most ever, perhaps, but enough. Then, it might win extra points for finesse and balance. It is this wine's expressive fruit, beautiful finesse and long finish that are its most impressive features. You can try it now, if you must, but you'll just be wasting it if you do. It will become far better with a few years in the cellar. Drink date: 2021-2040. Score - 94 (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, April 30, 2019) Price $ 53.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - July 24, 2021
Cases bought 50 (6 bottles per case)

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