The White Wines of Santorini.

Unique and distinctive wines that let you bring a little taste of Santorini home.

Lovely on the nose and fairly fruit with hints of apricot and quince under a sheen of sapwood framed lime with just a pinch of dusty minerality as a top note. That friendly, fruity character on the nose translates to the palate as well where this is fairly fruity, though not lacking in either acidity or minerality. Zesty and bright, this finishes strongly where the minerality really plays out dueling with the flavors of quince leading to an apricot finale.  Yet on the palate this is almost a bit sweet with fruit and shows an attractive if surprising hint of mint on the back side of the palate. 85pts
Dry and a bit stony on the nose this shows a bit of a woody accent and a little hint of the sweetness of oxidation wrapped up in aromas of sweet gum and beeswax. Supple, low and elegant in the mouth, there’s a softness here that benefits from the modest richness of this wine. Very easy drinking, if a bit short on the finish, this delivers modest yet balanced flavors of stony minerality and unripe peach skin notes but the appeal of its texture is undeniable. Perhaps not as assertively flavored as some wines from Santorini, this will be more of a crowd pleaser. 85pts

Deep and golden in color. This smells predominantly of old wood with fair underlying complexity of dried fruits, dried flowers, spearmint. honey comb and toasted almond. Smooth, with integrated acidity, this does have a lovely texture with flavors that have faded somewhat with time yet remain well balanced and moderately fresh. There’s a touch of honeycomb here, along with a chamomile note and some dried herbal elements that carry this through the finish where some creamy citrus flavors add their impact. Rather refined and decidedly for the crowd who appreciates the character of aged white wines, this is more interesting than enjoyable though should be better with food. 85pts

Preserved lemons, lemon verbena, flowers and a sweet, nutty base note greets the nose. A bit softer than most whites from Santorini, this does show of a nice white minerality in the mouth but it lacks some height in the mouth and intensity of flavors. A bit of lime, a bit of mineral, a bit of herb, attractive flavors are here but they don’t knit together particularly well and float away on the finish which is modest yet somehow leaves on with an aromatic freshness in the mouth that recalls the smells of the air after rain. 83pts

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Top White Wines from Santorini tasted 8/2013

Gavalas Santorini (2012)
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Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini (2012)
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Boutari Assyrtiko Santorini (2012)
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Artemis Karamolegos (2012)
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Domaine Hatzidakis Assyrtiko de Mylos Vielles Vignes (2011)
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  • All of these are fine wines, but for my money you can't beat Gaia Assyrtiko Wild Ferment 2012. It is simply stunning.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Good call. I haven't tasted a bottle for a couple of years but that is one convincing bottle of Assyrtiko.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

  • Snooth User: Bo Janes
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    I agree. Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko is legit.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

  • I am glad people talk about the Wild Ferment here. I saw the list and thought, the Gaia Wild Ferment is missing. Good to know i am not the only one.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

  • Since I am a Greek wine professional myself and--in addition to this--I have met Gregory at numerous international wine occasions in Europe,I have difficulties to express my personal preferences.Therefore,I will only make two additions.....#1.Sigalas "Kavalieros" vineyard,a bit expensive but what an awesome expression of dense minerality,packed with flavor-zingy acidity and aging potential.Plus,"Athina" 2011 (the young lady's-Athina Tsoli-own wine.She is the one who now makes the wine at Karamolengos),a fabulous expression of Santorini Assyrtiko.Just extraordinary

    Sep 25, 2013 at 2:05 AM

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