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Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko 2016

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Not Yet Rated Zachys Buying Team: [2015 release] “The thoroughbred of Greek wine returns with a worthy follow-up to the 2014, Sigalas's basic assyrtiko is intoxicating on the nose with its signature notes of citrus, minerality and crushed sea shells. On the palate the wine is even more striking and shoots across like white lightning staining the tongue with citrus blossoms, orange peel, pineapple, prickly spice, white pepper, and huge underlying salinity and chalkiness. While it is precise with its electrifying acidity, there is tremendous body here, offering a yin and yang or the best of both worlds. It is tremendous with grilled prawns, steamed mussels, and for winter fare, it will hold up nicely to some cheese fondue. Bravo for a repeat performance - unfortunately production is lower this year.”

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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 Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2013 08/26/2014

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


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 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


Member Reviews for Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 09/03/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: RUS
119003277
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/02/2012

An excellent Greek white wine.


Snooth User: mankosova
115762030
3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/11/2012

Very pale straw, perhaps less concentration and fruit than earlier vintages, but with plenty of freshness and zest. Maybe wait until 2013 to drink


Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,394
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 03/17/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,467
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 07/06/2011

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.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 01/30/2012

Fresh flavors. Has a nice edge of salinity which makes it inherently well suited for seafood. - WS Grand Tour 2011


Snooth User: Rybosloth
110257511
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/22/2012

Four and a half glasses


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External Reviews for Sigalas Santorini Assyrtiko

External Review
Vintage: 2013 08/26/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Vintage: 2012 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2010 09/29/2011

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. .


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/15/2009

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/01/2010

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.



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Not Yet Rated Zachys Buying Team: [2015 release] “The thoroughbred of Greek wine returns with a worthy follow-up to the 2014, Sigalas's basic assyrtiko is intoxicating on the nose with its signature notes of citrus, minerality and crushed sea shells. On the palate the wine is even more striking and shoots across like white lightning staining the tongue with citrus blossoms, orange peel, pineapple, prickly spice, white pepper, and huge underlying salinity and chalkiness. While it is precise with its electrifying acidity, there is tremendous body here, offering a yin and yang or the best of both worlds. It is tremendous with grilled prawns, steamed mussels, and for winter fare, it will hold up nicely to some cheese fondue. Bravo for a repeat performance - unfortunately production is lower this year.”

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