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Domaine Sigalas Assyritko Santorini 2010

 
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Wine Spectator 91
WS TOP 100 2011 Rank 83
"Juicy and rich, with concentrated pear, apple and white fruit flavors that are backed up by plenty of fresh acidity. The intense finish features mineral notes, joined by sea salt and white pepper. Should turn creamy with time in the cellar. Drink now through 2020. 7,000 cases made. " ~KM


Robert Parker 90
The 2010 Santorini is Assyrtiko, of course, and it is a big, burly one, coming in ... read more
Item ID: #10692
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Spectator 91
WS TOP 100 2011 Rank 83
"Juicy and rich, with concentrated pear, apple and white fruit flavors that are backed up by plenty of fresh acidity. The intense finish features mineral notes, joined by sea salt and white pepper. Should turn creamy with time in the cellar. Drink now through 2020. 7,000 cases made. " ~KM


Robert Parker 90
The 2010 Santorini is Assyrtiko, of course, and it is a big, burly one, coming in at 14.2% alcohol (a jump over typical 13.5s and the listed 13.2 for the 2009, due to weather conditions explained in the accompanying article). Sigalas, on the back label, boldly recommends cellaring this for two years before consumption, not exactly typical for Greek whites. His wines certainly show very steely when young and age better than most, so take his recommendation to heart. For many of his wines, two years may not be enough, although that should work here. After decanting this, the wine showed a lot better, integrating its parts, showing fine fruit and an unusually ripe fruit flavor nuance that the 2009 did not have. It seemed quite delicious at times, but like many Santorinis it has an underlying hard edge to it in its youth. It came around fairly quickly and mostly handled its alcohol well, although, tasted next to the 2009, it seemed more obvious. Yet, just when I thought I had a handle on it - it changed again. This burly, ripe, somewhat hard-edged Santorini seems to be a bit different, but I believe that it has many virtues of its own. Despite some initial caution, I'm leaning up on it, but it will be interesting to see where it goes over the longer haul. Drink now-2021. - Wine Advocate (June 2011)

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The Sigalas Santorini is 100% Assyrtiko, fermented in tempertature controlled stainless steel. The vinyards are in Imerovigli in the northern-most part of Santorini. The soil here is Aspa  black volcanic lava, ash and pumice and is very poor in organic matter. Low yields (15-30 hl per Hectare) and over fifty year old vines add to the mineral complexity and natural acidity of the wine.

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"Sigalas is one of Greece's finest white wine producers – in fact, a short list candidate for the best. I would like to take credit for that conclusion, but there is not much dissent here. This producer is universally acclaimed for his skill with Assyrtiko of all types – dry, barrel fermented and sweet – and I can only climb on the bandwagon. Sigalas is simply a master with this grape."
-The Wine Advocate

Domaine Sigalas was founded in 1991 by Paris Sigalas, Christos Markozane and Yiannis Toundas. Initially, Sigalas made his wine at the converted Sigalas family home. In 1998 a new vinification, bottling and aging unit was built in a privately owned area of Oia, on the northern part of Santorini.

Sigalas has been a pioneer in the organic viticulture and has participated in a government organic farming methods program since 1994.
Paris Sigalas remains committed to the founding principles of Domaine Sigalas – a creative relationship with the tradition, the Santorini Vineyards as well as the use of the best in winemaking technology and experience.

Sigalas concentrates on native grape varieties works most closely with Assyrtiko, but also has plantings of Athiri, Aedani, Mandilaria and Mavrotragano. The winery owns 14 hectares of organically grown Assyrtiko and includes permanent cooperation with local grape producers. Recently under cultivation are another 4 hectares of Aedani and Mavrotragano, 2.5 hectares of Assyrtiko and in the near future plans to add another 15 hectares of Assyrtiko.

The porous volcanic soil of Santorini allows the earth to retain water, giving the vineyards the ability to stay nourished during the high summer temperatures. During the hot Greek summer, rains are extremely rare and the only source of water for the vineyards is the nocturnal fogs.
After the evening sun sets the island becomes enveloped in a fog that comes in from the sea. The vines are able to retain the water they need from this evening fog and use it during the warm daylight hours when it is needed most.

Santorini was also one of the rare wine-making areas in the world not attacked by phylloxera, because of the high content of sand found in volcanic soil. Because of their resistance to phylloxera the vines retain their original root stocks.
The winds saturate the island throughout the year. The only way for the grapes to survive from the direct exposure of sun and strong winds is to be protected inside low-basket-shaped vines, the "ampelies", as they are called locally forming a unique pruning system. The refreshing northerly winds that blow from July to September, known as the "meltemia", also help keep the vines from developing the numerous fungi that can result from the combination of summer heat and humidity.

Farming Practice:Practicing Organic

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