2011 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini

SKU #1085786 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Santorini is an exceptional Assyrtiko from Sigalas, another great moment for this estate. On opening, I was actually surprised at how fruity and accessible it seemed, since these often need a lot of time to show well when young. It seemed elegant and refined, with a lush texture and a beautifully lingering finish. I suspected that was only half the story. Indeed, it was not even half the story and as it turns out it was really shut down. The next day it fulfilled the promises it gave in the first hour or so, fleshing out, seeming deeper and more intense. It still wasn’t done. After letting it air out for awhile on Day 2, this seemingly gentle, young Sigalas became quite intense, the acidity taking charge, the wine still remaining rich and mouth coating. It is crisp and persistent, beautifully put together and impeccably balanced, mingling elegance with that fine structure. It is built to age. This is a wine that should drink better in the next year or two, even if it is entirely enjoyable now. Drink now-2021.  (4/2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This creamy, rich white delivers ripe apple and pear flavors that linger with plenty of smoke and spice notes. The luscious finish features accents of mineral, aniseed and lemon tarragon. Drink now through 2020. (Web Only- 2012)

K&L Notes

From the importer: "A certified organically farmed vineyard on the island of Santorini, Sigalas is producing some of the most sought after white wines in Greece. These intensely aromatic whites, based on the indigenous Asirtiko grape, are grown in the volcanic soils of Santorini, consisting of cinders, rust, lava and pumice stone. These wines have excellent structure, good acidity and a long, full flavored finish. With a unique growing method, whereby the vines are trained into a cylindrical shape, the fruit ripens gently within the basket to protect it from the strong ocean winds. High humidity at night allows for just enough moisture intake for the grapes to develop and the soil structure and lack of nutrients ensure distinct minerality in the wines."

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Staff Image By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/22/2012 | Send Email
We're all familiar with the terminology of Old World and New World, but this wine is positively Ancient World. This should be high on the list for card carrying members of the "Anything but Chardonnay" club, but it's unfortunate that an Assyrtiko of this quality can still be relegated to geek wine territory. Now that Sigalas is getting critical recogntion, it's high time that experienced wine drinkers become familiar with it. Stylistically, Sigalas Assyrtiko drinks like a top-flight Sancerre or bone dry Grand Cru Riesling, but with a completely unique mineral expression. The 2011 is a particularly good vintage which is a bit more generous with the fruit and will prove to be especially long-lived. Golden apple, gooseberry, and floral aromas introduce a palate that shows pear and citrus at this young age, but it is truly driven by a volcanic minerality that sticks to your palate like a piece of sharp coral. The minerality drives the seemingly endless finish which repeats exotic floral notes and almond skin. This isn't just a good value or a unique expression of terroir. Sigalas Assyrtiko is world class white wine. Decant and serve at cellar temperature (not over-chilled).
Top Value! Drink from 2012 to 2023

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2012 | Send Email
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Wine has been cultivated on the stark, bone-colored, sunswept islands of the Aegean since neolithic times, so the opportunity to savor an authentic bottle of Assyrtiko with a plate of oil-cured olives, braised octopus and crusty bread is not to be missed. And I guess I'll have to coin a word to describe this astonishing, ungrafted beauty born of volcanic soils…the essence of mineralism.

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