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SANTORINI ASSYRTIKO BARREL 2021 Barrel fermented, PDO Santorini
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer SIGALAS
I am a huge Assyrtiko fan having had the great fortune of doing a blind vertical tasting of more than a dozen vintages with Paris Sigalas at the winery about a decade ago. Bright very pale straw colour. Intense, youthful, fresh, apple-lemon-lime fruit on the nose with some gently complex, very faint cedar notes along with lots chalky minerality. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, well structured, very slightly spicy, bright, youthful, lemon-apple meringue flavours followed up by a lingering, bright, harmonious finish. Very tasty now, the best is yet to come. The excellent mouthfeel is the result of low yields combined with extended aging on the lees for over 8 months. Elegant and perfect with seafood today, it will add more complexity and richness after a few more years at which time it will pair with poultry and especially wild game birds. It has 14.2% alcohol, 2.5 g/L residual sugar and 5.9 g/L total acidity with lot number L2225523 on the back label. New at Vintages only 300 bottles are available. CSPC 33163
Type White Table Wine
Agent Maj Win
Country Greece
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Ripe, Bright, Well Structured
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: The 2021 Assyrtiko Barrel Fermented is an Assyrtiko aged for seven months in mostly (90%) used French oak. It comes in at 14.1% alcohol. This was bottled in April 2022. This seems more elegant and fresher than the regular bottling in this report, confounding my expectations of what the oaked version would be. This has the tightly wound demeanor on opening that the regular bottling could use. It has more grip on the finish, thanks in part to the wood, and it handles the wood perfectly, never seeming oaky or dull. At the same time, the next day it was lusher and perfectly balanced. This is beautifully done. I'm not sure it is quite a great one this year, but it works well. It should age for another decade, probably more. In the meanwhile, it could also use a year or two in the cellar, even if it drinks very well now. It will develop. Drink date: 2023-2034. Score - 93 (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, Jan. 12, 2023) Price $ 67.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - August 5, 2023
Cases bought 50 (6 bottles per case)

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