The 2016 Ramnista, all Xinomavro, was aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak. It comes in at 13.7% alcohol. After tasting a run of rustic Xinomavros that seemed to have endless power and no mid-palates for this issue, this Ramnista changed the channel. This is hardly a bottling that is known for being shy in terms of power, but it has the balance and the mid-palate depth to soak up the power this year. It seems surprisingly fruit forward, although very dry. Granted that both are not here together, this seems fuller in the mid-palate and more fruit-driven than the 2015, for better or for worse. The 2015 might have more energy. Earthy and complex, while still showing good structure, this looks like a fine Ramnista. It might also be a relatively approachable Ramnista. It will still age well.
92 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 249 - Jun 2020)