2012 Koutsoyannopoulos "Nikteri" Assyrtiko Santorini (last of vintage) (Previously 30)

SKU #1205589 92 points Wine Spectator

 Very rich and spicy, with concentrated flavors of pear sauce, honeysuckle, fennel and white currant that are supported by vibrant acidity. Minerally finish fills the long, creamy finish. Drink now through 2020. 200 cases made. (KM)  (11/2014)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Rich and roasted, this is a very particular style of Santorini, ripened to green fig plumpness and held tight by gripping acidity. The sweetness of the fruit combined with the oily texture balances the severity of the chalk savor, the wine ending smooth and long. Not a sipper, this is a white for grilled mackerel or meat dishes.  (8/2014)

K&L Notes

Nikteri is a more traditional style of making Assyrtiko wine in Santorini, using barrel fermentation and aging. The wine's time in barrel contributes to a layered, decadent complexity, which provides a beautiful counterbalance to the natural saline and citrus notes of the grape. Serve this with a plate of grilled Halumi cheese and it'll sing sweet "opas" in your ear.

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Greece

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Alcohol Content (%): 13
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