The 2009 Rapsani Grande Reserve is the traditional equal blend of the appellation: Xinomavro, Krassato and Stavroto sourced from the winery's appellation Zone C (higher-altitude vineyards at 500-800 meters, in contrast to the regular Rapsani and the Reserve). It was aged for 18 months in French oak (40% new, the rest second and third use) and held back another 18 months for late release. It comes in at 13.8% alcohol. This has been seen before, but it is part of a mini-vertical this issue. This is in great shape. It is sensually textured, elegant and has mid-palate finesse. It also has considerable power and grip on the finish. It can still tighten notably. It can certainly be approached now, even if it might not be at peak yet. It has a long life ahead. It might still improve more, although it has rounded into form.
92 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 250 - Aug 2020)
Earthy and dark, this cloaks its formidable tannins in a velvet blanket of black raspberry and cherry flavor. While it’s ripe, it’s also detailed, the old-vine intensity of its fruit coupled with fragrant spice and lacy acidity. It should age well over the next decade, when you could decant it with an herbed pork roast.
90 points, Wine & Spirits (Aug 2014)