Very nice with a bit of a chill on it. Straw in color with green tinge. Aromas of wet stones, grass, slight brioche. Being shy on the nose at present. Overall, medium bodied. Good weight to the mouthfeel. Clean and fresh with some chalkiness/creaminess. Citrus flavors, some peach, savoury, stony minerality. Heavier then an Italian pinot grigio, but not as substantial as a white burgundy. Very nice to quaff on a warm spring day.
We picked up a few bottles of this popular Greek wine from the island of Santorini, the birthplace of the Assyrtiko varietal. Straw yellow with hints of green. Subtle aromas of citrus fruit with with a strong dose of wet stones in a humid forest. Nice, medium-bodied structure with well-meaning and received acidity, dry, slightly creamy and offering a long, slightly salty after-taste. We tried Assyrtiko several years ago while visiting Athens. It remains pretty much a mystery to us. Having said that, it is very pleasant when reasonably cool and a nice way to spend an afternoon with a little dry salt at the end.
I've been meaning to try an Assyrtiko for some time now, heard good things, and this surpassed my expectations. Unique, beguiling and delicious. Rich, ripe aromas of walnut oil, lemon rind, roasted pineapple and peach pit. Medium to full bodied with strong acid, a touch of tannin and a clean, chalk filled finish. So smoky. So effusive. So good. However I enjoyed this less as it approached room temp. Serve slightly chilled. Paired well with grilled mako shark in a tomato, caper sauce.
Wow! It's been almost 4 years since I had this wine, and it didn't appeal very much then because I felt it was somewhat shrill and one note. What a difference now. The wine is medium/full bodied with citrus on the nose but also an umami character to the fruit. Someone else said "lychee" which almost captures it -- almost like the sauce on a sole petrale...lemony but with some savory goodness underpinning the acidity. Excellent focus with a precise and saline finish. Just bought some of the 2015 vintage, which I will tuck away for a couple years.
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(Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini) Light medium lemon yellow color; almond, lemon cream, light vanilla nose; rich, creamy textured, lemon cream, almond, mineral palate with near medium acidity; long finish 93+ points
(Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini) Light yellow color; intriguing, tart peach, floral, apple nose; tasty, rounded, tart peach, floral, mineral, ripe lemon palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (a little riper than prior years)
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