"Aromatic, with citrus fruit and minerality. Minerality is evident, as a result of Santorini’s unique terroir. Quite ...Read more...
Dusty on the nose with decidedly volcanic soil aromas, steely white fruits, a hint of something vaguely celery like, more like cardoon and some dri... Read more
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 broa... Read more
An excellent Greek white wine. Read more
Editorial Reviews for Sigalas Santorini
Dusty on the nose with decidedly volcanic soil aromas, steely white fruits, a hint of something vaguely celery like, more like cardoon and some dried citrus pith notes. Broad on entry, and rather elegant, this is chiseled in the mouth with great salinity and savoriness up front followed by hints of white peach, lime pith and a faint red apple note. The acidity is quite firm but well covered so you think this is a touch soft for a moment, then this turns firm and structured in the mouth with huge minerality on the backend and through the spicy, peppery and moderately long finish. This is youthful with electric acidity on the finish. Could use some time in the bottle but the fabulous intensity, structure and balance here already makes it irresistible with food. Grilled squid and shrimp I should add. 91pts
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
An excellent Greek white wine.
Very pale straw, perhaps less concentration and fruit than earlier vintages, but with plenty of freshness and zest. Maybe wait until 2013 to drink
Nose reminiscent of a pina colada and strong tropical fruit aroma. Very smooth mouth feel that builds in acidity and wonderfully dry. Keeps the tropical fruit profile until the acidity eventually overtakes it - lasting finish. Opens with time.
Fresh flavors. Has a nice edge of salinity which makes it inherently well suited for seafood. - WS Grand Tour 2011
Not a strong nose but a hint of tropical fruits. Smooth medium body and mouth feel with pineapple and mineral blended well with balanced acidity. An oak background; fleeting yet pleasant finish.
Slightly acidic nose, mineral. Velvety light mouth feel with a kick at the end. Biting acidity that grows throughout the tasting. Hints of citrus and pear that opens over time. Smooth after taste.
Drink this young.
External Reviews for Sigalas Santorini
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.
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.
From the volcanic soils of a picturesque island, this is a fleshy white demonstrating buckets of minerals with chalky undertones. A characterful wine that pairs better with caperberries rather than olives. .
A clear expression of two indigenous varieties of Santorini island: The Assirtiko variety, intense, earthy, expressing the volcanic island soil, balanced with the more quince-like, aromatic Athiri variety. Vines are trained in basket shapes to protect from the intense wind. It is believed that Athiri is the father to the Ribolla Gialla grape seen most in Italy.
The new gold standard for Greek white wine. A melange of citrus, fig, guava and an almost saline minerality. Incredibly delicious and just perfect with seafood.
"Aromatic, with citrus fruit and minerality. Minerality is evident, as a result of Santorini’s unique terroir. Quite “austere” as wine, with the acidity being the back-bone of the wine, allowing it to age. Petrol notes and honey-suckle appear in aged Assyrtikos, similar to the German and Alsatian Rieslings." - winery
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