2015 Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini

SKU #1272518 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Assyrtiko is unoaked and comes in at 14% alcohol. Since I first saw this over a year ago, it has blossomed, although even now it took two days to get there. The first day was much like the first taste last year--closed, tight and brooding. Some rest has done it good, though, and with another day in the fridge, it finally started to open and become more expressive. Concentrated and powerful, this finally shows some personality and touches of saline as it warms. It still leaned to dense and steely, though, with fine tension on the finish. It looks now like it will age better than originally anticipated, too, but let's continue to take that in stages. For the regular Assyrtiko, this is very impressive these days. It is not done evolving. If it holds and develops well--it still needs more expressiveness--it may be entitled to an uptick again. (MS)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

From Santorini, this is a stainless steel fermented, fresh style of Greek wine made from Assyrtiko. Yiannis Argyros is a wine lover who works very hard to obtain high quality grapes in order to make superior quality wines. And there are many professionals in the Greek wine market who think of Yiannis Argyros as the best Greek winemaker in dry white wines and dessert wines. His efforts to produce high quality wines have been acknowledged worldwide, as indicated by the award by Wine & Spirits Magazine as one of 100 best wineries in the world for 2005 and 2006.

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