Domaine Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko White 2011
Robert Parker, Jr.-The Wine Advocate: Rated as An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. "The 2011 Santorini is an exceptional Assyrtiko from Sigalas, another great moment for this estate. On opening, I was actually surprised at how fruity and accessible it seemed, since these often need a lot of time to show well when young. It seemed elegant and refined, with a lush texture and a beautifully lingering finish. I suspected that was only half the story. Indeed, it was not even half the story and as it turns out it was really shut down. The next day it fulfilled the promises it gave in the first hour or so, fleshing out, seeming deeper and more intense. It still wasn’t done. After letting it air out for awhile on Day 2, this seemingly gentle, young Sigalas became quite intense, the acidity taking charge, the wine still remaining rich and mouth coating. It is crisp and persistent, beautifully put together and impeccably balanced, mingling elegance with that fine structure. It is built to age. This is a wine that should drink better in the next year or two, even if it is entirely enjoyable now. Drink now-2021." April 2012
Winery: "Straw blonde colour, with light shades of green and a subtle nose of citrus fruit. Excellent structure with a depth of flavor and an acidity which brings the flavors to the fore and adds freshness, with a lasting after-taste. Has the characteristic mineral taste -typical of the variety and the soil of Santorini- at its very best."
Wired For Wine: With summer upon us, we need to think of a refreshing, crisp, "impeccably balanced" white in order to beat the heat. This Domaine Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko Athiri is exactly what we had in mind... "Fruity, with fine structure and ripe citrus", this Greek goddess is a real find, and not to be missed. The beauty of the Domaine Sagalis' rich full mouth is that it is able to stand alone as a delicious apéritif. The lemony acidity of the Assyrtiko Athiri makes it the perfect pairing for light seafood and shellfish dishes. We recommend a Dover sole, or steamed mussels in white wine and garlic. Don't forget the crusty bread to mop up the sauce... It will do very nicely indeed with a dish of Greek orzo with shrimp, feta and white wine. As for slightly more substantial fare, we love this sipper from Santorini with roast pork. Stuff a nice big pork loin and make a delicious fresh apple sauce for on the side. Roast some potatoes in the oven after they've been tossed with olive oil, sea salt and freshly ground pepper and dinner is almost ready. This lovely white is also a great companion for salads. Toss one up to go with the meal, mix it with a tarragon vinaigrette and then you're ready. After it's over, pour another glass to go with the apple tart for dessert, and everybody goes home happy. ?μορφος!
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: Assyrtiko 100%
Aging: stainless steel tanks
Region: Santorini, Greece
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