Kir-Yianni, Amyndeon (Greece) “Akakies” Sparkling Dry Rosé 2014

($21, Diamond Wine Importers): The rising prices of Champagne coupled with the increasing popularity of all kinds of bubbly wine has necessitated thinking outside of the box.  Outside the box for many might be Crémant de Bourgogne or even a sparkling Vouvray.  But really outside of the box is this wine, a lovely sparkling rosé from northern Greece.  Its seductive pink color immediately captivates, but its versatility is what keeps you enthralled.  A plump fruitiness and refinement allows enjoyment as a stand-alone aperitif, but it conveys plenty of oomph since it’s made from the robust Xinomavro (transliterated, “acid and black”) grape.  So bring it to the table to accompany a tomato-based seafood stew.
90 Michael Apstein Aug 30, 2016