2012 Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini

SKU #1124045 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Santorini, the 100% Assyrtiko flagship, is a big boy this year, clocking in at 14.5% alcohol, an alcohol spike compared to their norms. Paris Sigalas explained that, as in 2010, sugar levels rose quickly and the harvest was difficult. On opening, this seemed not to miss a beat. It is dense and powerful, quite impressive and concentrated on first taste. It makes you say 'wow' in some respects. It is, however, lacking some of the finesse and minerality this bottling typically shows and it seems very ripe....I suspect a lot of folks who are less impressed with minerality and finesse and prefer more ripeness and concentration are going to be mightily impressed with it anyway. This will be interesting to track in the cellar....Drink now-2022. (MS)  (6/2013)

Wine & Spirits

 The ripeness of the vintage is particularly pronounced in Sigalas’s Santorini, which are always among the island’s rounder wines. This has the balance of a late-season apple, with a lazy acidity winding though its chalky richness. For roast clams this summer.  (8/2013)

Wine Spectator

 The beeswax, dried apricot and pear notes are vibrant and expressive in this medium-bodied white from Greece. Intense ruby grapefruit flavors fill the snappy finish. Drink now through 2017.  (9/2013)

K&L Notes

From the importer: "Minerality is evident, as a result of Santorini's unique terroir. Quite 'austere' as wine, with the acidity being the back-bone of the wine, allowing it to age. Petrol notes and honey-suckle appear in aged Assyrtikos, similar to the German and Alsatian Rieslings. Typical, white wine vinification techniques, in stainless steel tanks, under controlled temperature. 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: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2013 | Send Email
You would be hard pressed to find a better white wine coming in from Greece. For that matter, this is world class wine that transcends borders in its depth of flavor but still maintains an incredible sense of place. This is rich almost visceral with lemon curd, white flower notes and nectarine flavors. Just try it already!

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5