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.