2014 Gaia Estate "Thalassitis" Assyrtiko Santorini

SKU #1231323 92 points Wine & Spirits

 “Like lemon fireworks,” one taster commented, capturing the dynamic feel of this assyrtiko. It’s classic Gaia Santorini style: as sharp as a razor and as bright as the blinding island sun. The flavors are entirely savory, focused on volcanic stone, driven by that citrusy acidity into every cranny of the mouth. Decant it before serving with grilled sardines.  (10/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Thalassitis is a fresh and clean Assyrtiko with fine acidity and a salty finish. Showing some bite on the finish, it becomes more powerful with aeration. This is mostly about elegance this year, though, as it shows just beautifully and seems rather approachable at an early age. As always, there are layers lurking underneath. Giving it another year in the cellar would likely help make it more expressive. (MS)  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Racy and correct with fine lime fruit and quite chewy on the finish.  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

Assyrtiko is perhaps the only Mediterranean grape to flourish under the difficult climatic conditions found in this part of Greece. From poor, porous soil formed by volcanic activity and composed largely of pumice, fully mature grapes are harvested with a relatively high acidity. Gaia's vineyard, located on the southeastern slopes of Episkopi, is composed entirely of 70- to 80-year-old ungrafted vines with a dramatically low yield. This is a bone-dry wine with a delicate honeysuckle aroma and a crisp finish, a white wine of a strong personality! Even though it's a white, we suggest decanting it for an hour or so.

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