Santo Assyrtiko 2017
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The 2017 Assyrtiko, the standard Santorini here, is unoaked and comes in at 13.3% alcohol. Showing reasonable depth for the level and fine balance, this drinks beautifully right now. What it doesn't show is a lot of potential for the future. It's neither as intense nor as big as its siblings this issue, but it's not intended to be. This is the easier-drinker at a nice price. It fulfills that goal very well, adding some distinction to the style.
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.
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.