Santo Wines 'Grande Reserve' Santorini Assyritko 2014
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Wine Advocate 95
"The 2014 Santorini Grande Reserve is an Assyrtiko aged for 12 months in a mixture of new (40%) and used (60% second- to third-use) French barriques. It comes in at 14.8% alcohol. Sourced from the co-op's oldest vines (up to 150 years old, with an average age of 100 years) in Akrotiri, this was picked, they say, "slightly overripe." Indeed, this seems more like a Nykteri, that category on the island that often ... read more
This is a white wine
Item ID: #26681
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 95
"The 2014 Santorini Grande Reserve is an Assyrtiko aged for 12 months in a mixture of new (40%) and used (60% second- to third-use) French barriques. It comes in at 14.8% alcohol. Sourced from the co-op's oldest vines (up to 150 years old, with an average age of 100 years) in Akrotiri, this was picked, they say, "slightly overripe." Indeed, this seems more like a Nykteri, that category on the island that often goes a little over the top. (Santo Wine's own Nykteri is usually more on the sedate-and-balanced side by comparison.) This lets it all hang out, so don't expect that typical vision of purity and freshness for which Santorini has become famous. Rich and ripe, also showing a slight caramel overlay, this is most notable for its pure power. The wood shows a bit, too, making this stern and brooding. There is some tannic pop on the finish as well. This might be a style in which you have no interest at all. It might be in a style that you expect to see more from other regions. It's fair to say, though, that on its own terms it is rather brilliant, delicious and impressively structured. This isn't, if I haven't been clear, a simple sipping wine. It requires a food pairing and desperately needs one. I would expect this to age well, but check in every now and then. It may do better than anticipated. It certainly looks like the best wine I have ever seen from Santo Wines."

The Wine

Appellation:Protected Designation of Origin Santorini
Type:Dry white wine
Grape Varieties:100% Assyrtiko
Vinification:Fermented in oak barrels
Aging:12 months in oak, 12 months in bottle
Characteristics:From 100 year old vines and aged in French barriques for 12 months, this wine features a golden color and a huge bouquet of dried nuts, honey, white flowers, tea, vanilla and toast. Flavors of lemon, citrus fruits, salt and smoked wood flow over onto the taste buds where Assyrtiko’s telltale crystalline/saline acidity carries the long finale.
Food and wine:A great pairing for oily fish, or grilled white meat served with creamy sauces.

The Winery
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.

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Santo WinesSanto 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.

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Patrick

High quality Assyrtiko fruit masked by heavy-handed oak treatment

"Followed over two nights with consistent notes. Decent enough wine, with a pleasantly rounded mouthfeel and bright acidity. However, what seems to have been very high quality Assyrtiko fruit has been masked by heavy-handed oak treatment. What has resulted is a wine that could essentially be confused with a higher acid California Chardonnay. To our minds that is a shame. "Very good," 87/100. Not a strong QPR at USD$36."

James

nothing specil

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