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Domaine Sigalas Aa Formerly Assyrtiko/Athiri 2012

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It's too bad that Greek wine does not get the kudos it deserves. After all, they've been making it for at least 2500 years. "Fragrant and lovely and a terrific value. Given the blend, its aromatics and elegance are utterly charming and it has a lot to offer in its own, more personable style. Tinged with some lemon-lime early on, it eventually became more harmonious while remaining perky, showing viscosity and personality. It becomes quite mouth-coating as it warms. This is a lovely effort in this vintage, *one of the finest values in the report*." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Domaine Sigalas:
The company was founded in 1991, under the name Sigalas Winery Ltd. The winery was initially located in the traditional canava of the Sigalas family. In 1998, a new production, bottling and aging facility was constructed, located in a privately owned area. Since then, and after continuous investment in modernization and expansion of the facilities, the company has a processing and bottling prod... Read more
The company was founded in 1991, under the name Sigalas Winery Ltd. The winery was initially located in the traditional canava of the Sigalas family. In 1998, a new production, bottling and aging facility was constructed, located in a privately owned area. Since then, and after continuous investment in modernization and expansion of the facilities, the company has a processing and bottling production capacity of 300,000 bottles annually. 2003 was a milestone, since the shareholders of the company were increased, with the participation of Mr. Alexander Avataggelos, resulting in the increase of the financial capacity of the company. This is also the year when the company was renamed as Domaine Sigalas S.A. Today, Domaine Sigalas continues to implement its growth plan, based on the three principles on which it was created: a creative relationship with the traditions of the island of Santorini, technical savvy and quality. The winery is open to the public and the visitors can tour the areas and become acquainted with the taste of the Santorini wines as well as sample the culinary delights of the Cyclades, since there is a wine tasting room which can hold as many as 40 guests. The scenic location of the winery and the positioning of the wine tasting room to the west, affords the opportunity to all guests to enjoy the colours of the setting sun as it descends on the vineyard. The guests are also given a tour of the winery where they are informed of all the stages necessary to produce the wines, and of course are offered the opportunity to sample the wines of the estate, as well as sample the culinary delights of the Cyclades, learning of the varieties of the Santorini viticultural region while delighting in the serenity and colour of the island. The winery can also arrange for dinners to be served for 6–12 guests, where the wines of Domaine Sigalas are complimented by traditional Cycladic delicacies. The wine tasting area that is located in the middle of the vineyard is available for weddings. There is a possibility of music with DJ or live traditional music, until 3am. The wine tasting room can hold up to 50 guests. Wine Tasting Room Opening Hours: April, May, October 10.00am - 19.00pm Monday-Friday 11.00am - 19.00pm Saturday & Sunday June, July, August, September 10.00am - 21.00pm Monday-Friday 11.00am - 21.00pm Saturday & Sunday Read less

Editorial Reviews for Domaine Sigalas Aa Formerly Assyrtiko/Athiri

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,161
4.00 5
09/03/2013

Subtle and complex on the nose with a fine blend of floral, dusty mineral and orchard fruit aromas. With excellent focus this enters the mouth broad and firm delivering layers of polleny floral, pithy citrus and minerally flavors that show excellent depth on the palate. This is at once lean and somewhat rich on the citrus, melon and faintly fig flavored palate and shows excellent length on the minerally and tense finish. Almost salty on the finish this begs one to take another sip, another mouthful of food, another sip... 90pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,161
4.50 5
09/03/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Domaine Sigalas Aa Formerly Assyrtiko/Athiri

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

The 2012 Aa is new branding for Sigalas’ familiar, fine value blend—the former “Asyrtiko-Athiri” (75%-25%). Apart from the new label and the new name, the old, outlier spelling of Assyrtiko with one “s” has also been changed. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol this year. This bargain point in the lineup is sometimes (unfairly) easy to overlook because the blend rarely has the depth or pure power of the 100% Assyrtiko. It is not as obvious. It does have its own charms, though: typically, better aromatics and a very elegant presentation. This year, it also has fine concentration to go with its usual finesse, good aromatics and clarity. As always, it will be more approachable early on than the upper level wines tend to be. It is likely to drink well this summer (whereas the monovarietal will probably not really be ready). Crisp and reasonably long, with loads of personality for Santorini, it may be one of my favorite Sigalas blends. Does that mean the 2012 vintage is a great one? Not on the level of ’11 or ’09, certainly not… but given general consistency on the island, there will still be many fine wines. Plus, one thing it did do, at least at this level and at least for this winery, is give the wine some “oomph,” without going too far (it seems more restrained than the 2010 version). Perhaps extra oomph is not always a good thing at the high end, where they already have enough. At this end, though — it may help make this impressive. While it is nowhere near as deep, certainly, as the ’12 monovarietal Assyrtiko, it is perhaps more interesting and better balanced. Nota bene: other wines in the lineup were not quite as ready to taste — or in as much need of a “heads up” for bargain hunting consumers as summer arrives in much of the country. Those notes will be published together in the June issue. Drink now–2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Wild plum and dried herbal notes fill this version with plenty of verve. Almond and cream accents extend on the expansive finish, with some sea salt hints. Drink now.



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It's too bad that Greek wine does not get the kudos it deserves. After all, they've been making it for at least 2500 years. "Fragrant and lovely and a terrific value. Given the blend, its aromatics and elegance are utterly charming and it has a lot to offer in its own, more personable style. Tinged with some lemon-lime early on, it eventually became more harmonious while remaining perky, showing viscosity and personality. It becomes quite mouth-coating as it warms. This is a lovely effort in this vintage, *one of the finest values in the report*." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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