2008 Sigalas Assyrtiko/Athiri Santorini
According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 ASIRTIKO / ATHIRI (the winery uses an alternative spelling here for Assyrtiko) is 75% Assyrtiko, the rest Athiri, just at the borderline to retain the Santorini appellation. Like its 2007 sibling, it is an excellent value point, even given that the Sigalas lineup is rather well priced, although the price has crept up a little. It is from a somewhat cooler and more aromatic year than 2007, the winemaker says. This is relatively full bodied for the style and grapes, beautifully balanced, with considerable charm. Graceful and elegant, it was relatively open and expansive when tasted in March, 2009; closer to singing in June, 2009. It might be even better in a few months. Drink now-2014." (08/09) The Assyrtiko and Athiri are two of the most renowned Santorinian varieties with roots dating back to antiquity. Powerful, intense and earthy, Assyrtiko is the characteristic expression of the volcanic soil of Santorini, which is tempered by the more subtle and aromatic Athiri. The nose of wine is dominated by ripe citrus fruit, with lemon coming to the fore, while its excellent structure and acidity compliment its nose granting vibrancy and a lingering after-taste. ŤAssyrtiko-Athiriť is excellent with traditional Greek recipes, fish dishes and white meats with light sauces.