Thursday, July 8, 2010

2008 Santorini


2008 Sigalas Assyrtiko, AOQS Santorini

Sigalas is a big time producer of assyrtiko, on the Greek island of Santorini. This varietal fascinates me. So interesting, so different. Think Chablis, but with perhaps a bit more body. The miracle of this grape has to be the high acid, and the relatively controlled alcohol. When you think of a brutal Mediterranean climate like Greece, refined white wines don't come to mind. Much more palatable than that nonsense the Greeks try to pass off as red wine.

This wine has all the minerality, the creamy citrus, and the waxy, viscous texture I want. Showing a lot of bitter lemon zest on the finish, as well as some alcohol, but this is still very young. Another bottle, squirrelled away.


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