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Santo Santorini Grande Reserve Assyrtiko 2014

Assyrtiko from Santorini, Greece
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The 2014 Santorini Grande Reserve is an Assyrtiko aged for 12 months in a mixture of new (40%) and used (60% second- to third-use) French barriques. It comes in at 14.8% alcohol. Sourced from the co-op's oldest vines (up to 150 years old, with an average age of 100 years) in Akrotiri, this was picked, they say, "slightly overripe." Indeed, this seems more like a Nykteri, that category on the island that often goes a little over the top. (Santo Wine's own Nykteri is usually more on the sedate-and-balanced side by comparison.) This lets it all hang out, so don't expect that typical vision of purity and freshness for which Santorini has become famous. Rich and ripe, also showing a slight caramel overlay, this is most notable for its pure power. The wood shows a bit, too, making this stern and brooding. There is some tannic pop on the finish as well. This might be a style in which you have no interest at all. It might be in a style that you expect to see more from other regions. It's fair to say, though, that on its own terms it is rather brilliant, delicious and impressively structured. This isn't, if I haven't been clear, a simple sipping wine. It requires a food pairing and desperately needs one. I would expect this to age well, but check in every now and then. It may do better than anticipated. It certainly looks like the best wine I have ever seen from Santo Wines.
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Santo, Santorini, Greece
Santo Wines, representing all the producers on the island, is committed to producing authentic Santorini wines of superior quality while respecting the Santorini traditional vinification techniques and protecting the precious Santorini vineyards. They developed their own Research and Development Department to regularly launch special projects to evaluate methods to improve cultivation techniques, vinification processes and varietal quality.


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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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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.

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