Thursday, June 10, 2010

2008 SantoWines Assyrtiko

The Greek island of Santorini might have been the inspiration for the legend of Atlantis. About 3600 years ago, the island sustained an enormous volcanic eruption, which left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits. The resulting tsunami may have contributed to the legend of the destruction of Atlantic by a great flood.

The SantoWines Winery is located on Santorini, on the edge of the caldera, and is the biggest wine producer on the island. Established in 1992, the winery cultivates about 4000 acres of vineyards. "SantoWines, representing all the cultivators of the island, is committed to producing authentic Santorini wines of superior quality while respecting the Santorini traditional vinification techniques, protecting the precious Santorini vineyard and its sustainable development."

With dinner the other evening, I opened a bottle of the 2008 SantoWines Assyrtiko. It is made from 100% Assyrtico, sees no oak and has an alcohol content of 12.8%. Last year, I had the 2007 vintage of this wine, and had enjoyed it. The 2008 vintage brought a similar wine in most ways. It had a bright yellow color and a pleasant nose of citrus. On the palate, it was crisp and clean with bright citrus, especially lemon and tangerine, and hints of minerality. I think the 2007 had more minerality than the 2008. The 2008 had a lengthy and satisfying finish, and I really enjoyed the wine.

I paired the wine with some lightly broiled tilapia and it went very well together. This is definitely a wine that pairs well with seafood, though I think the wine can stand fine on its own as well.

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