2019 Sigalas Am Assyrtiko / Monemvasia (750ml)

Assyrtiko from Santorini, Greece

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B-21's move to Tarpon Springs in 1966 discovered a significant Greek settlement. They began migrating to our coastal town at the turn of the 20th century to harvest sponge, a Greek island heritage dating back to the ancient Egyptians five thousand years ago. A sponge blight in the Mediterranean had challenged the world's supply. Sitting on the continental shelf off western Florida was a vast virgin sponge forest. Only those of the Dodecanese Islands had the harvesting skills, and so they came. Within twenty years, Tarpon Springs had become "The Sponge Capital of the World." Spongers in from sea, Ouzo and Retsina poured at the local tavernas.

Today, a new generation of inspired Greeks have created world demand from another natural resource. These winemakers have fashioned never heard of ancient indigenous varietals from the Greek mainland and the Aegean into a wine revolution. Demand for Greek whites is soaring, wines such as Malagousia, Moschofilero and Assyrtiko. Malagousia is a particularly aromatic grape with exotic fruits, citrus, jasmine and mint with a viscous palate and medium acidity. Moschofilero is a light pink-skinned grape that produces lively, crisp wines with intense fragrances. Assyrtiko is native to the Aegean Islands and in particular Santorini. Assyrtiko is amoung the great white wines of the world, with excellent acidity, minerality and superb length. All super wines we highly recommend – you'll soak 'em up like a sponge.

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The 2019 Am Assyrtiko / Monemvasia is an equal blend, unoaked and coming in at 14.5% alcohol. Grapes for this wine are sourced from both Santorini and the island of Paros (where Monemvasia is a signature grape). This new brand wasn't so exciting last year, but this might be the year it rounds into form. It's great now, and it has some chance to improve. Sensually textured, long on the finish and nicely concentrated, this is ripe and fills the mouth beautifully. It tastes great. It is well structured too. How well will it age? There is no track record, but the grapes can certainly age a bit. Let's be cautious. It's delicious now. That's a hint.

89 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 249 - Jun 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
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