Sigalas Aa Assyrtiko-Athiri Santorini 2012 Front Label
Sigalas Aa Assyrtiko-Athiri Santorini 2012 Front Label

Sigalas Aa Assyrtiko-Athiri Santorini 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Straw blonde color, bright, with a nose of ripe citrus fruit. Refreshing acidity and a delightful finish.

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This bargain point in the lineup is sometimes (unfairly) easy to overlook because the blend rarely has the depth or pure power of the 100% Assyrtiko. It is not as obvious. It does have its own charms, though: typically, better aromatics and a very elegant presentation. This year, it also has fine concentration to go with its usual finesse, good aromatics and clarity. As always, it will be more approachable early on than the upper level wines tend to be. It is likely to drink well this summer. Crisp and reasonably long, with loads of personality for Santorini, it may be one of my favorite Sigalas blends. ... Plus, one thing it did do, at least at this level and at least for this winery, is give the wine some "oomph," without going too far (it seems more restrained than the 2010 version). Perhaps extra oomph is not always a good thing at the high end, where they already have enough. At this end, though—it may help make this impressive. While it is nowhere near as deep, certainly, as the '12 monovarietal Assyrtiko, it is perhaps more interesting and better balanced.
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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.

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A picturesque Mediterranean nation with a rich wine culture dating back to ancient times, Greece has so much more to offer than just retsina. Between the mainland and the country’s many islands, a wealth of wine styles exists, made mostly from Greece’s plentiful indigenous varieties. After centuries of adversity after Ottoman rule, the modern Greek wine industry took off in the late 20th century with an influx of newly trained winemakers and investments in winemaking technology.

The climate—generally hot Mediterranean—can vary a bit with latitude and elevation, and is mostly moderated by cool maritime breezes. Drought can be an issue for Greek wine during the long, dry summers, sometimes necessitating irrigation.

Over 300 indigenous grapes have been identified throughout Greece, and though not all of them are suitable for wine production, future decades will likely see a significant revival and refinement of many of these native Greek wine varieties. Assyrtiko, the crisp, saline variety of the island of Santorini, is one of the most important and popular white varieties, alongside Roditis, Robola, Moschofilero, and Malagousia. Muscat is also widely grown for both sweet and dry wines. Prominent red varieties include full-bodied and fruity Agiorghitiko, native to Nemea; Macedonia’s savory, tannic Xinomavro; and Mavrodaphne, used commonly to produce a Port-like fortified wine in the Peloponnese.

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A crisp white variety full of zippy acidity, Assyrtiko comes from the volcanic Greek island of Santorini but is grown increasingly wide throughout the country today. Assyrtiko’s popularity isn’t hard to explain: it retains its acid and mineral profile in a hot climate, stands alone or blends well with other grapes and can also withstand some age. Somm Secret—On the fairly barren, windswept Mediterranean island of Santorini, Assyrtiko vines must be cultivated in low baskets, pinned to the ground. The shape serves to preserve moisture and protect the growing grapes in its interior.

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