Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Spicy on the nose with pear fruit tones, salty minerals and a touch of glue. In the mouth this is big, rich and polished with great depth of fruit and a zesty yet muscular texture that highlights the dried fruit notes of the mid-palate and the notes of white pepper and salt on the long finish. Wonderful balanced and complex this is beautiful wine. 91pts

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Gaia Estate was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos (Agronomist, University of Thessaloniki) and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (Agronomist, University of Thessaloniki, Ph.D of Oenology, University of Bordeaux II). "Thalassitis", a Santorini A.O.C. white wine, inaugurated the company's first appearance, and quickly won a place in the Greek wine market. The 9,800 numbered bottles of Thalassitis in 1994... Read more
Gaia Estate was founded in 1994 by Leon Karatsalos (Agronomist, University of Thessaloniki) and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (Agronomist, University of Thessaloniki, Ph.D of Oenology, University of Bordeaux II). "Thalassitis", a Santorini A.O.C. white wine, inaugurated the company's first appearance, and quickly won a place in the Greek wine market. The 9,800 numbered bottles of Thalassitis in 1994, rapidly rose to more than 100,000 in 1999, all the while maintaining its commitment to quality. The White Notios "the Southerner" was first launched in 1995, and was immediately accepted by the wine-loving public, due to the excellent value it represented. In 1996 Gaia Estate acquired a private vineyard in Koutsi region of Nemea, along with a perfectly equipped winery of a total capacity of 3.000hl. From this new winery immerged four very distinct wines, all from the same indigenous grape variety, the Agiorgitiko. Starting from two vin de pays, the rose "Agiorgitiko 14-18h", and the red "Notios", an easygoing young wine in which the fruit and the softness of Agiorgitiko are beautifully expressed. Followed by the "Agiorgitiko by Gaia", a typical A.O.C. Nemea that can be cellared for 3-5 years and finally the "Gaia Estate", undoubtedly Gaia's flagship. A powerful red, single-vineyard wine that will fully develop its potential after 8 to 10 years of meticulous cellaring. A remarkable product from a remarkable company. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,435
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 09/22/2009

Spicy on the nose with pear fruit tones, salty minerals and a touch of glue. In the mouth this is big, rich and polished with great depth of fruit and a zesty yet muscular texture that highlights the dried fruit notes of the mid-palate and the notes of white pepper and salt on the long finish. Wonderful balanced and complex this is beautiful wine. 91pts


Member Reviews for Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis

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Snooth User: pjagator
18583924
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 07/06/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: HeatherRivard
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1.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/16/2010

One glass


Snooth User: Paul D
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1999 09/20/2007

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Gaia Estate Assyrtiko Santorini Thalassitis

External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/10/2011

Coming from the Greek island of Santorini and made entirely from the indigenous Assyrtiko grape, this smoky white wine is simply a delight. Bright notes of honeysuckle and citrus play against a focused minerality.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/24/2011

A dry, white wine made of the local Assyrtiko grape. The Gai'a winery makes these wines from Santorini and is perhaps the only winery we know of using native yeasts for fermentation. The result is a fabulously floral wine that's mineraled and rich. Drink just lightly chilled.




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