2010 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini

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91 points Wine Spectator and #83 in Top 100 Wines of 2011: "Juicy and rich, with concentrated pear, apple and white fruit flavors that are backed up by plenty of fresh acidity. The intense finish features mineral notes, joined by sea salt and white pepper. Should turn creamy with time in the cellar. Drink now through 2020." (09/11) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Santorini is Assyrtiko, of course, and it is a big, burly one, coming in at 14.2% alcohol (a jump over typical 13.5s and the listed 13.2 for the 2009, due to weather conditions explained in the accompanying article). Sigalas, on the back label, boldly recommends cellaring this for two years before consumption, not exactly typical for Greek whites. His wines certainly show very steely when young and age better than most, so take his recommendation to heart. For many of his wines, two years may not be enough, although that should work here. After decanting this, the wine showed a lot better, integrating its parts, showing fine fruit and an unusually ripe fruit flavor nuance that the 2009 did not have. It seemed quite delicious at times, but like many Santorinis it has an underlying hard edge to it in its youth. It came around fairly quickly and mostly handled its alcohol well, although, tasted next to the 2009, it seemed more obvious." (06/11)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2011 | Send Email
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The clarifying democracy of light that physically emanates, dances and defines all that is Greece has been written of for thousands of years, and it found its way in a bottle of extraordinary dry white wine from Santorini that I recently shared with friends at a local Mediterranean bistro over fresh dolmas, oil-cured olives and sundry small plates. The 2010 Sigalas Assyrtiko is an enticing tryst of two native varieties dating back to antiquity— the noble Assyrtiko (80%), possessing powerful, vibrant acidity and a volcanic thrust of minerality, and Athiri (20%), an aromatic grape that adds a lemony lift and buoyancy to the blend. Wonderful wine, a serious tribute to the intoxicating, mythic-laden island that many believe to be the site of the legendary Atlantis….

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