By: Keith Mabry
K&L Staff Member
The island of Santorini has become the focal point for the next generation of wines coming out of Greece and after tasting this gorgeous white its easy to see why. The island of Santorini is covered in volcanic ash and pumice and has some of the lowest rainfall in all of southern Europe. A hostile environment for cultivation is not always the case for wine production. Assyrtiko, the island's most noble white grape variety, is trained into baskets low to the ground where early morning dew forms to act as its own drip irrigation system. The wines produced are magical, much like the island's austere beauty, brimming with viscosity and minerality. The Santo is probably the best I have yet tasted from this small cooperative. It is full bodied, with notes of citron, roasted peaches and crushed stones. It is long and expansive with a mineral oil like texture but an underlying acidity that cuts through on the finish. As one tastes a wine like this, and more like it coming from the island, you see why the wines from this area are growing in popularity. They have that extra something that is drawing people back to Greece as a wine region worthy of consideration when making your nightly selections. The Santo will expand in your glass as it opens, and often offers more on the second day. A perfect compliment to fresh roasted fish over a coal fire, but also great with legume dishes and easily paired with more exotically spiced dishes from places like North Africa or India.