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%
- 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.