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When opening a bottle of Assyrtiko-Athiri, the eye is captivated by the bright straw blonde color and light green shades. The nose of wine is dominated by ripe citrus fruit, with lemon coming to the fore, while its excellent structure and acidity compliment its nose granting vibrancy and a lingering aftertaste.
Assyrtiko-Athiri is excellent with traditional Greek recipes, fish dishes and white meats with light sauces.
"The 2009 Santorini adds depth to the 2009 Asirtiko/Athiri blend and quite a bit of power, too. As it interacts with the palate, it becomes ever more gripping and intense. I decanted it, and it seemed to just become more piercing still. Yet, underneath it has fine fruit that asserts itself and it seems transparent, stone washed and pure. Its steely demeanor is impressive, but that's not all it has. It may not show all it has for another year or three, though. The longer this was open, the more complexity it showed. As it warmed up, it became more gripping and showed more minerality. For a monovarietal white, its ability continually to keep changing and become something different was quite remarkable as it warmed up and aired out. Pretend that this is red and think about cellaring. It should age well if well stored and I'm more than a little curious myself to see what is going to be here in 2020. Just when you think you have a handle on it - it turns into something else interesting. I often find that is a characteristic common to top level young wines. Drink now-2023."
The Wine Advocate
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