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Date Printed: 10/26/2014
Boutari Santorini 2009
Boutari Santorini 2009
(search item no. 105588)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/26/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The island of Santorini is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in the world. The island is all that remains of a massive volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago that destroyed civilizations hundreds of miles away. The extremely hot, dry and windy growing conditions make it impossible to grow grapes in standard rows. Instead the vines are trained into basket shapes and the grapes are grown in the protective center of the basket. Some vines are over 200 years old and form giant baskets. The wines of Santorini are made from the Assyrtiko (a-SEER-tee-ko) grape, which has the unique ability to maintain its fresh, citrusy flavors despite the extreme conditions that would make other grapes overripe. The result is a completely unique dichotomy of flavors that combine grapefruit and red apples with notes of wet chalk. The mouthfeel is rich, but finishes with crisp minerality that makes it the perfect pairing for shellfish.
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About Boutari:

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.