2009 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini

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89 points Wine Spectator: "A crisp, well-structured white, with flavors of Fuji apple, kiwifruit, tropical fruit and anise flavors. Offers touches of honey on the ripe finish. Drink now through 2014." (06/10) According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I had probably my best tasting in Greece at this fine estate on Santorini. On Santorini, 80% of the ancient, pre-phylloxera vineyard area is planted with white grapes. All but 10% of that is Assyrtiko, and by law a Santorini appellation white must be at least 75% Assyrtiko. So, a winery here must master this difficult but very fine grape to succeed. Sigalas does, consistently producing superb Assyrtiko, either dry, steely and unoaked; or with oak (no small achievement), or in the sweet Vinsanto style. Some library wines are included to illustrate the winery’s track record and consistency. Granting that the weather on Santorini is often said to produce good vintages on a fairly consistent basis, this is still an impressive track record." (12/08)

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2010 | Send Email
Assyrtiko is a great but often overlooked white wine grape. It is grown in voltanic soil on the Greek island of Santorini. What a beautiful wine! The Sigalas Assyrtiko is expresive, with a nice citrus aroma,and a clean and crisp taste with hints of minerality. Sigalas recomments cellering this wine for 2 more years. I couldn't wait and really enjoyed with with fish and chicken.

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