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Sigalas Santorini Asyrtiko Greece 2012 (750ML) GR Flag In Stock
Sigalas Santorini Asyrtiko Greece 2012 (750ML)
90 WA
"The 2012 Santorini, the 100% Assyrtiko flagship, is a big boy this year, clocking in at 14.5% alcohol, an alcohol spike compared to their norms. Paris Sigalas explained that, as in 2010, sugar levels rose quickly and the harvest was difficult. On opening, this seemed not to miss a beat. It is dense and powerful, quite impressive and concentrated on first taste. It makes you say “wow” in some respects. It is, however, lacking some of the finesse and minerality this bottling typically shows and it seems very ripe. There were moments when I wondered, only half-seriously, if it was instead the late harvest Nychteri, also reviewed this issue. Recently bottled, it needs to settle down. Perhaps when it does in a year or two, it will regain its footing. As young Assyrtiko from top producers tends to do, it became more expressive the next day, but in many respects it hadn’t budged too much. It was still dense, ripe and powerful. On Day 3, it finally opened, relatively speaking, finishing with tasty, sort of sweet fruit. The alcohol showed a bit more, as did that ripe fruit. I doubt that this vintage is ever going to become prototypical Sigalas, which doesn’t mean the wine is bad, just a little different. I suspect a lot of folks who are less impressed with minerality and finesse and prefer more ripeness and concentration are going to be mightily impressed with it anyway. This will be interesting to track in the cellar, to see if it can acquire better balance and become expressive. Note to bargain hunters: The familiar Sigalas blend in 2012 (now labeled as the “Aa,” formerly the Asyrtiko-Athiri), surely does not have the same concentration or obvious “wow” factor, but it has a lot more personality...90" WA 07/13
Product #: 375108

Bottle Price: $22.99
Case Price: $275.88