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Boutari Santorini 2016

Other White Wine from Santorini, Greece
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13.1% ABV
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13.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Santorini Boutari has a bright yellow color, a beautiful nose with flower aromas of lemon tree and jasmine and a well-structured palate with aromas of exotic and citrus fruits. It is a zesty refined wine with a perceived saltiness, an intense mineral body and a high acidity that gives a splendid finish.

It pairs perfectly with fresh grilled fish with olive-oil lemon and thyme, fresh or steamed oysters, shrimps with lemon dressing, pasta with seafood or oysters, Greek salad, salads with sauce vinaigrette, and cheeses with mild acidity such as feta or goat cheese.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Santorini is unoaked and comes in at 13.1% alcohol—and a rather high (certainly higher than in the past) price point. That may be related to this news delivered: "The 2016 Santorini Boutari was supervised personally by Vasilis Georgiou throughout the winemaking process (from harvest to bottling) and consequently there were some changes in comparison to the winemaking from previous vintages. Specifically more reductive handling of grapes throughout the process to avoid oxidation problems, lower temperatures during fermentation and prolonged maturing on fine lees (five months) under low temperature (10-12 degrees Celsius). This method was also performed to keep the wine fresh until bottling and retain some of the CO2 from the end of fermentation to protect its character from oxidation." I wouldn't have bothered to relate all of that unless something seemed impressive on tasting this, for whatever reason. This seems to be the most gripping and most concentrated one in a while. It is hard to remember one that showed more pure power and a better finish. It is tightly wound and very focused. To be sure, some on the island still have more concentration, but this looks elegant rather than thin, while retaining all of its power. It is a nice step forward. It will, of course, have to age well to justify the score, but I'm leaning up on this at the moment. It should hold well at least five to seven years. Then, we'll see where we are.
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Boutari, Santorini, Greece
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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 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.


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The remains of an ancient volcano that erupted around 1600 BC, Santorini is one of the southern Cyclades islands and is most recognized for its white wines made from the fruity and mineral-rich, Assyrtiko.

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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