2015 Argyros Estate Assyrtiko, Santorini (750ml)

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# GRARSA15BE
Country: Greece
Region: Aegean Islands
Sub-Region: Santorini
Grape Varietal: Assyrtiko
Review Score: 91WA

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The 2015 Assyrtiko comes in at 14% alcohol. This adds a layer of depth and steel to the Atlantis white, also reviewed. On the other hand, the extra concentration here makes it a little brooding. It lacks the personality and lively feel of the perky Atlantis. Still, this well-built white should be a better food match, as it has the stuffing to hold up to food and the rich feel to caress the palate while it is doing so. Drink the Atlantis on its own. This can be used that way--but it will likely do better as a food match. When we get to the third in this issue's trilogy--the Estate Santorini--the balance changes yet again. That is definitely a food wine. Note: This Assyrtiko is the winery's unoaked Santorini bottling from old vines (as distinguished from the Estate Santorini--which also says Assyrtiko, is also old vines and also Santorini; but has "Santorini" in bigger letters and a bit of oak). It is more than a little confusing on paper, but the bottles look different at least, this one being smaller and screw-capped.

91 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 227 - Oct 2016)