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Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2012

Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2012

Domaine Sigalas 

Greece, Cyclades
White, Assyrtiko

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Vintage 2012
Varietal Assyrtiko
Appellation Cyclades

Sigalas cultivates 19 hectares of vineyards with local varieties. The premium wines show off the potential of the varieties and the unique terroir of the volcanic island, with Assyrtiko being the most noble. This is a crisp, structured white, with flavors of apple, kiwi, and anise. Touches of honey and focused minerality appear on the ripe finish.

Ratings Wine Advocate (93 Points): 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.