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2018 Santo Assyrtiko Santorini Greece

SKU #1424272 Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Assyrtiko, the classic Santorini, is an unoaked monovarietal that comes in at 13.3% alcohol, 3.3 grams of residual sugar and 5.9 grams of total acidity. A straightforward Assyrtiko, this has average concentration and a reasonable finish that seems a bit different in nuance. The back label claims it is "brightly acidic with a textural mineral smokiness." The acidity is actually well controlled and fairly subtle. If anything, this sometimes seems just a bit flat. Nothing about this will make you think it's an acid-freak wine. That "mineral smokiness" is a good descriptor, though. It may point to a trace of reduction, although that is very subtle—it's not like this gives off charcoal and smoke. Neither, however, does it seem to have saline or salt nor the big fruit that Assyrtiko can deliver in other incarnations. This walks down the middle-of-the-road and stays fairly mute. Drink it on the younger side. (MS) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A sleek white, with a subtle, flinty base note, this offers flavors of freshly cut pear, lemon pith and fleur de sel. Creamy finish. (AN, Web Only-2019) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Santo Wines was founded in 1947 as the Union of Santorini Cooperatives and represented all Santorini wineries. Today, Santo Wines is the biggest producer on the island. The new, state-of-the-art winery was built in 1992 and is situated on the edge of the Caldera in the village of Pyrgos. Santo Wines, still representing all of the producers on the island, is committed to producing authentic Santorini wines of superior quality while respecting the Santorini traditional vinification techniques and protecting the precious Santorini vineyards. They developed their own Research and Development Department to regularly launch special projects to evaluate methods to improve cultivation techniques, vinification processes, and varietal quality.


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