Boutari Santorini 2011
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Santorini 2011 is a wine with a brilliant, pale yellow color and a pleasant distinctive aroma of citrous fruits. A fatty wine with a very good balance full taste (figs and plums) and long aromatic aftertaste.
It pairs excellently with seafood, poultry and other white meat dishes.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 SANTORINI is Assyrtiko, and a rather refined and carefully crafted one that slowly evolves and unwinds, demonstrating its persistence and the ability to improve dramatically in the glass. Boutari seems to have a style, emphasizing harmony and balance, if I can add insights from what I see in Naoussa as well. This is always a more forward Santorini, without the pure power some of the others often show. If this starts with subtlety, however, it gradually becomes more impressive this year as it lingers in the glass and unfolds, showing layers, crispness and persistence that I wasn’t initially sure it had. This is a very fine performance if rather low key performance in this vintage, a harmonious, well balanced offering with surprisingly good aromatics, perhaps tinged by a hint of herbaceousness. For Assyrtiko, this has a lot of personality. I didn't start out impressed, but it was hard to give up the glass."
Wine & Spirits - "A classic Santorini, staunch and chalky, this wine's acidity adds a pleasantly bitter pithiness to its structure. Austere in flavor and rich in texture, it will become more complex and expressive with another five to seven years in the cellar, or with a plate of grilled octopus dressed in olive oil and capers."
The Boutari family has been crafting wines from Greek varietals since 1879, when Yiannis Boutari first started producing red wines in the small northern village of Naoussa. Since that first vintage the family has become a pioneer of Greek wines. From exporting the first bottled red wine from Greece to reviving lost varietals, Boutari now crafts wines from six different regions using varietals that are grown nowhere else in the world. In a constant quest for improvement Boutari maintains "demonstration" vineyards around Greece where local farmers are invited to learn new methods and techniques for improving their grapes. The results have been astounding: Boutari has been named an International Winery of the Year by Wine and Spirits 14 times – only 5 wineries in the world have received the award more times. Achievements such as developing the modern style of Santorini to reviving lost varietals have garnered lavish praise from the wine press and spawned a generation of high-quality Greek wines made by vintners who cut their teeth under the tutelage of the Boutari family. View all Boutari Wines
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Much of the wine drinking culture in Europe comes from the early Greek settlers. Home to Dionysus, the God of Wine, Greece has long touted the virtues of drinking wine. With over 400 indigenous varieties, you won't find many Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines, although the grapes do grow here and are occasionally blended. The climate of Greece is good for growing grapes, with very warm summers and little rainfall. Most wines exported today are owned by bigger companies, like Boutari and Kourtakis. Smaller wineries are producing higher quality wine, but much of it is drunk in Greece.
The regions of Greece might remind you of reading Homer or studying ancient history. The two main larger grape-growing regions are Macedonia and Peloponnese. Some of the regional grapes to know include the whites, Assyrtico and Moscofilero as well as the reds, Agiorgitiko and Xynomavro. In the Peloponnese, there are a few sub-regions making white wines from the pink-skinned Moscofilero grape. These wines are aromatic, dry and a bit spicy in flavor. The most popular red of Peloponnese is Agiorgitiko, which can make both dry and sweet, port-like wines. Xynomavro is the red grape of Macedonia, where it produced deep, dense, earthy red wines that are often oak-aged.
Notable FactsThe regions of Greece might remind you of reading Homer or studying ancient history. The two main larger grape-growing regions are Macedonia and Peloponnese. Some of the regional grapes to know include the whites, Assyrtico and Moscofilero as well as the reds, Agiorgitiko and Xynomavro. In the Peloponnese, there are a few sub-regions making white wines from the pink-skinned Moscofilero grape. These wines are aromatic, dry and a bit spicy in flavor. The most popular red of Peloponnese is Agiorgitiko, which can make both dry and sweet, port-like wines. Xynomavro is the red grape of Macedonia, where it produced deep, dense, earthy red wines that are often oak-aged.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.