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Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate, 90 Wine & Spirits
Varietal: Other White Blends
Style: Light & Crisp
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 121410
Santorini 2011 is a wine with a brilliant, pale yellow color and a pleasant distinctive aroma of citrous fruits. A fatty wine with a very good balance full taste (figs and plums) and long aromatic aftertaste.
It pairs excellently with seafood, poultry and other white meat dishes.
The 2011 SANTORINI is Assyrtiko, and a rather refined and carefully crafted one that slowly evolves and unwinds, demonstrating its persistence and the ability to improve dramatically in the glass. Boutari seems to have a style, emphasizing harmony and balance, if I can add insights from what I see in Naoussa as well. This is always a more forward Santorini, without the pure power some of the others often show. If this starts with subtlety, however, it gradually becomes more impressive this year as it lingers in the glass and unfolds, showing layers, crispness and persistence that I wasn’t initially sure it had. This is a very fine performance if rather low key performance in this vintage, a harmonious, well balanced offering with surprisingly good aromatics, perhaps tinged by a hint of herbaceousness. For Assyrtiko, this has a lot of personality. I didn't start out impressed, but it was hard to give up the glass.
A classic Santorini, staunch and chalky, this wine's acidity adds a pleasantly bitter pithiness to its structure. Austere in flavor and rich in texture, it will become more complex and expressive with another five to seven years in the cellar, or with a plate of grilled octopus dressed in olive oil and capers.