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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.
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
On the plain of Oia, in Santorini, and more specifically in Baxedes area, the winery of Domaine Sigalas can be found. Here, the most vibrant variety of the Mediterranean zone, the Santorini Assyrtiko as well as the Aidani, Athiri, Mandilaria and the Mavrotragano are put to the best use possible, and with the proper respect to their organoleptic characteristics, the quality wines are produced which receive acclaim in international competitions, both in Greece and abroad.
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...Read More About Greece
Other White Wine
While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about...
Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain,
Rias Baixas (in Galacia),
this grape is loved by almost
all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is
aromatically intense...Read More About Other White Wine
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