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Consider Greek Wine – a pair of Whites

By Duane Pemberton

One hundred-twenty miles off the coast of Greece is the island of Santorini, an island that’s left over remains from a volcanic explosion around 1640 B.C.  There are three indigenous white grapes grown here – Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani.

I was super excited to try these two whites from Santorini and after checking them out, can easily recommend that you should check out some Greek wines – they can be exceptionally great.


2011 Thalassitis Santorini White Dry Wine – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

  • Alcohol: 13.0 % vol.
  • Acidity: 6.84 g/lt
  • pH: 2.92
  • Res. Sugar: 1.9 g/lt
  • Price: $25

Nose: Some real earthiness to this wine – a but of what I’m going to call “mushroom funk” going on here. But behind that “dirtiness” are some nice components of white peach, honey-dipped hazelnut, braeburn apple, petrol and dry river bed.

Taste: A very “fleshy” white wine – it has what I commonly refer to as “wine grip-tape” across the mid palate in that there’s some really nice acidity and fruit but it’s almost as if this one has a bit of tannin as well – it’s a mind-bender and I kind of dig that. On the backside of the palate I’m getting some nice biscuit action coming through. The finish is a nice culmination of minerality, petrol, fruit and fresh-baked bread.

2009 Artemis Karamogos Nykteri Fiche – W.E.P. Rating: 180%

Technical Data: 

  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Res. Sugars:  2.1
  • Total acidity:  6.32
  • Price: $19

On the nose: Meyer lemons, bosc pear, golden delicious apple, white peach, star fruit, papaya and a hint of banana.

On the palate: An incredibly complex white wine that has the mouthfeel of some reds I’ve had. The onslaught of citrus, tropical and stone fruit is amazing – easily one of the best white wines I’ve had in the past couple of years. It has that “old-world-style-funk”, which I adore, along with sublime fruit – the finish lingers for days.