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Domaine Economou Assyrtiko 2012

Assyrtiko from Crete, Greece
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    Domaine Economou

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    Domaine Economou, Crete, Greece
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    is a vin-de-terroir natural winemaker of extraordinary ability. With an oenology degree from Alba, years of cellar work in Germany and Bordeaux (Château Margaux) as well as Piedmont, under the guidance of Nebbiolo maestros such as Ceretto and Scavino, he returned to Crete in 1994. Upon resurrecting the family vineyards, Yiannis brought his considerable collective wine making experience to bear on the rare native varietals of the high Ziros plateau of eastern Crete. The Domaine’s 16 hectare vineyards are located in the villages Ziros, Katsidoni and Etia at an altitude of 600-650m. Mostly planted to Liatiko, Yiannis farms a special small-berried clone that is not found anywhere else in Greece. Domaine Economou’s wines are released when Yiannis deems them ready, consequently many vintages are released 10 to 15 years after harvest. They are some of the most idiosyncratic and distinctive wines in the world.

    As one of Greece’s largest island’s, its wines enjoyed high glory during the Middle Ages. Today Crete is full of ambitious winemakers with the city of Heraklion as its viticultural hub.

    Assyrtiko

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    A crisp white variety full of zippy acidity and with a striking mineral character, Assyrtiko comes from the volcanic Greek island of Santorini, but is grown increasingly wide throughout the country today. The reasons for its popularity are plentiful: it retains its acid and mineral profile in a hot climate, blends well with other grapes and can also withstand some age. Flavors often found in Assyrtiko and its blends include lemon zest, passion fruit, pineapple, flint and fennel. It is versatile when matched with food; try it with oysters, shrimp, salmon as well as grilled chicken, tomatoes and asparagus.

    SPRDNDEAS12C_2012 Item# 180284