A great value red blend from the Yianakohori Hills in North-West Greece. This delicious red is made from a blend of the region's most widely planted grapes, led by the local Xinomavro and fleshed out by the noble French varieties Merlot and Syrah. The resulting wine offers a lovely depth of fruit — enough to warrant a considerable time in new oak — along with an elegant savouriness that carries with it considerable structure.
Mark Squires, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2016 Vintage)
"The 2016 Ktima Kir-Yianni Yianakohori Hills is a 50/30 blend of Xinomavro and Merlot with 20% Syrah, all aged for 14 months in 30% new oak (60% French, 40% American). It comes in at 13.9% alcohol. Powerful and a bit too funky in its youth, this shows a lot of aromatic nuance (and on the palate as well) from its gamey Syrah. It's gorgeously constructed, though, with fine precision, a long finish, velvety texture and a real backbone. Maybe the aromatics will fold into this wine with a little more age—or drink this with an appropriate food pairing. All that said, you'll be hard pressed to find a wine in this issue with a more serious feel at this bargain-level price point. This has the structure to age pretty well, and at least average depth. It actually could use a little time. It took two hours to open up. Drink 2020 – 2030."
Wine Enthusiast (2016 Vintage)
"Vanilla, red-cherry and cinnamon-spice aromas are front and centre in this spicy red. On the palate, earthy olive and tomato flavours mingle with a tart cherry and vanilla toast spin. The wine has an earthiness that speaks to its origin."