Boutari Santorini 2011
White Blends from Greece
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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 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."
The Wine Advocate
"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."
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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...
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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...
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