2017 Santo Assyrtiko Santorini Greece SKU #1368542

Price: $18.99

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K&L Notes

From the Importer: "Santo Wines was founded in 1947 as the Union of Santorini Cooperatives and represented all Santorini wineries. Today, Santo Wines is the biggest producer on the island. The new, state-of-the-art winery was built in 1992 and is situated on the edge of the Caldera in the village of Pyrgos.Santo Wines, representing all the producers on the island, is committed to producing authentic Santorini wines of superior quality while respecting the Santorini traditional vinification techniques and protecting the precious Santorini vineyards. They developed their own Research and Development Department to regularly launch special projects to evaluate methods to improve cultivation techniques, vinification processes and varietal quality."

Staff Reviews

  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    8/16/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I am always on the look out for a under twenty dollar wine that over deliveries. The Santo Assyrtiko fits the bill! With aromas of stone fruit, lemon zest and a hint sea salt. Light and bright with just the right amount of acid, that leaves the palate fresh and clean. Pop of melon, mineral and smoke from that volcanic soil. Leaves you reaching for the bottle. Vivid, with full, well balanced body and distinctive long finish! Grilled octopus, please!
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    8/8/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    After a very long respite the Greeks are back and leading the charge in the production of quality wine. This is a great example of what Greece is capable of real vigor and thought are deployed into their wine making. This smells and drinks like a wine of pedigree. The wine has a gorgeous perfumed nose displaying mild citrus, wax, and a touch of salinity. The wine is medium bodied and luxuriates across the palate with a long finish. I’d put this up against much more expensive whites from other more famous wine regions.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    8/8/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I must admit I don't have a huge background with Assyritko. I've had a couple of benchmarks and a few odd balls here and there, but this bottling is most impressive. It strikes a cord between zip and richness that I have not found in many bottles. There is an herbal complexity to go with the pure fruit tones and a weight that contrasts perfectly with the snap of fresh acidity.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    8/8/2018
    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.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    8/8/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine smells of crushed quartz, and then bits of wild herbs and hints of tarragon emerge into an exceedingly focused bandwidth. On the palate the wine has a laser like precision, super bright, crisp and then while it seems like it’s going to be an extraordinarily lean wine it explodes into voluminous richness on your tongue. Tangy with a bit of brininess you begin to feel that crushed stone again and that flinty like character it gives. I haven’t seen many wines with as dramatic of a turnaround as this one from nose to palate, yet I can imagine myself sitting in a seaside café eating grilled octopus, gladly reaching for another glass of this wine.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    8/7/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This clean and refreshing Assyrtiko from Santo has more body than most, and drinks very nicely on its own. That being said, it has plenty of aromatics as well as flinty minerality on the bone dry finish. I would love to pair this wine with spanakopita with spinach and feta!

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