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Boutari Santorini White 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Tight on the nose with a hint of tar laying under notes of dried peaches and preserved lemons. Very smooth and polished in the mouth, theres good acidity here and fine underlying minerality but this has a richer mouthfeel than most whites from Santorini, a mouthfeel even a Chardonnay lover could be attracted to. The flavors lean towards the mineral, with some under-ripe apple and peach notes on the mid-palate that lead to a long, slightly astringent and textural finish that offers quite the contrast to the lush mid-palate. A modern take on Assyrtiko that remains true to its roots. The finish here really shows how assertive Assyrtiko the grape . It is not to be tamed. 87pts

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Boutari:
Boutari's Santorini winery opened in 1989 and has been named one of the most beautiful wineries in the world for the past several years. It's architecture is similar to that of the islands highly recognizable dome structure. Boutari has played a significant role in the resurgence and cultivation of the island's viticulture. The winery is located between Faros and Akrotiri, but the vineyards a... Read more
Boutari's Santorini winery opened in 1989 and has been named one of the most beautiful wineries in the world for the past several years. It's architecture is similar to that of the islands highly recognizable dome structure. Boutari has played a significant role in the resurgence and cultivation of the island's viticulture. The winery is located between Faros and Akrotiri, but the vineyards are located in various spots throughout the island. Santorini has a relatively small landscape and the majority of the island is dedicated to tourism - a constant fight for the wineries on the island. Boutari's estate is open for tours and tastings and has a small kitchen for light fare. A small movie theater is also located on the premises that showcases an educational video explaining the history of Santorini's wine culture. Throughout the year, the theater is also open for regular movie viewing - a major draw for many of the island's residents. The vineyard, planted in 1992, cover approximately 6 hectares of land. Because of the islands unique climate Boutari follows Santorini's traditional basket-trained method of grape growing, which protects the grapes from harsh winds and extreme heat. The vines are generally left to grow with little interference from the winemaker for the duration of the season. Low rainfall is offset by the porous character of the soil, pumice stone, as it absorbs the rain that falls in the winter. Additionally, the morning fog and humidity of the island provide additional moisture to the vines. The baskets, known as "koulara" are woven as they grow and are often as old as 75 years old when a new vine will be grown on to the original roots.The age of the original roots is unknown, but is said to date back thousands of years. The island is one of the few viticultural areas of the world that has not been affected by phyloxera - the volcanic soil accounts for the vines immunity as phyloxera can not live without clay. For this reason, the plants are pruned low, in the shape of a basket. The grapes are grown in the center, and are thus protected from the strong winds. They absorb and maintain humidity from the dense night fog. The soil is sandy, of volcanic nature, and covered with scoria, lava and pumice stone. These particular to the area conditions result in a relatively limited production, early ripening and good hygiene conditions for the grapes. Boutari's Santorini wines align with those of the rest of the island consisting of native, local white varieties, such as Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. Boutari prime labels are Santorini and Nykteri as well as the dessert wine made from dried grapes, Vinsanto. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Boutari Santorini White

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,105
3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/03/2013

Tight on the nose with a hint of tar laying under notes of dried peaches and preserved lemons. Very smooth and polished in the mouth, theres good acidity here and fine underlying minerality but this has a richer mouthfeel than most whites from Santorini, a mouthfeel even a Chardonnay lover could be attracted to. The flavors lean towards the mineral, with some under-ripe apple and peach notes on the mid-palate that lead to a long, slightly astringent and textural finish that offers quite the contrast to the lush mid-palate. A modern take on Assyrtiko that remains true to its roots. The finish here really shows how assertive Assyrtiko the grape . It is not to be tamed. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,105
3.00 5
09/03/2013

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


Member Reviews for Boutari Santorini White

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Snooth User: 1
46562,641
4.40 5
Vintage: 2012 09/03/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,105
4.30 5
09/03/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: zufrieden
2593863,862
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/05/2010

A slightly heavy, resinous nose with light lemon tea robe. Orange rind and nutmeg abounds. A slightly "traveled" odor of stewed peaches and gooseberry. Similar flavors on the front and back palate. A bit warm but with the adequate, lively acidity associated with the Assyrtiko grape. Can be drunk young (no patience required - I disagree with the Wine and Spirits review). Aging is possible but would only intensify the already "stewed" flavors... 86 points


Snooth User: keilwerthplayer
53395163
5.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/22/2010

Five glasses


Snooth User: Lissaust
3283431
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/02/2008

Crisp yet sweet. Perfect for a mix group out on the town as it has just enough tastes for everyone. citrus, lemon, tongue, fruity, fruit, Mediterranean and subtropical fruits


Snooth User: dwe
373624285
2.50 5
Vintage: 2004 12/30/2009

Golden yellow in glass with i think a green hue to it! Very tart green apple on palate - harsh. Not much else other than some burn...not enjoying this, although i would not is "bad". Would not recomend it. May try the more recent vintages for fun...so much for ringing in a happy new year so far!


External Reviews for Boutari Santorini White

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

The 2011 SANTORINI is Assyrtiko, and a rather refined and carefully crafted one that slowly evolves and unwinds, demonstrating its persistence and the ability to improve dramatically in the glass. Boutari seems to have a style, emphasizing harmony an... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from in Greece. 2011 Boutari Santorini 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
10/07/2012

A Proprietary Blend wine from in Greece. 2011 Boutari Santorini 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/18/2013

The 2010 Santorini, clocking in at 13.5%, is typically a nicely priced, generally available choice on Santorini. This starts ripe up front, with the steel and acidity asserting itself strongly on the finish. As it warms up, it is all about the structure, showing finesse and delicacy, combined with persistence on the finish, as the acidity and lemony nuances assert themselves. It acquires a certain austerity and hard edge, more so than the 2009, I think, at a similar age. Drink now–2017.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 12/17/2014

Color: Brilliant pale yellow Aroma: Ripe red apples Taste: Rich apples followed by a crisp minerality - Winery


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

Lush, with lots of rich, ripe apple, cream and ripe pear flavors, seasoned by an array of spice and smoke notes. Good structure and balance. Assyrtiko. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 09/27/2011

This rich, well-crafted white shows Golden Delicious apple flavors and nice creamy touches. There's plenty of smoke and spice on the fresh, juicy finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2010 10/24/2011

Color: Brilliant pale yellowAroma: Ripe red applesTaste: Rich apples followed by a crisp minerality - Winery


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