Gaia Monograph Assyrtiko 2019
A youthful, intensely fruity Assyrtiko, with a bouquet of honeysuckle and citrus fruit and a refreshing acidity on the palate.
A classic pairing for fresh seafood, this wine is also delightful on its own as an aperitif or paired with light appetizers.
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The 2019 Assyrtiko Monograph is unoaked, dry and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is not, to be clear, from the winery's Santorini holdings. Even so, it is the priciest of the Monographs this issue. It still does great. Seeming solid in the mid-palate, it shows fine structure as well. The fruit is lifted on the fresh finish and it lingers nicely, textured and tasty. For all that it leans to structure rather than fruitiness—like its Moschofilero sibling this issue—it does have fruit that demonstrates some expressiveness. That won't be its strong suit, though. Overall, this is an Assyrtiko built to be refreshing in warm weather. It should hold well for a few years, maybe more, but it will certainly be fine this summer if you choose to wait. For the moment, I'm leaning up on this. It will be interesting to see if it develops and holds gracefully.
Thalassitis, a Santorini A.O.C. white wine, inaugurated the company's first appearance, and quickly won a place in the Greek wine market. The 9,800 numbered bottles of Thalassitis in 1994, rapidly rose to more than 100,000 in 1999, all the while maintaining its commitment to quality.
In 1996 GAIA WINES acquired a private vineyard in Koutsi region of Nemea, along with a perfectly equipped winery of a total capacity of 3.000hl.
Home of Greece’s famous and praise-worthy red variety, Agiorgitiko, Nemea is part of the Peloponnese.
A crisp white variety full of zippy acidity, Assyrtiko comes from the volcanic Greek island of Santorini but is grown increasingly wide throughout the country today. Assyrtiko’s popularity isn’t hard to explain: it retains its acid and mineral profile in a hot climate, stands alone or blends well with other grapes and can also withstand some age. Somm Secret—On the fairly barren, windswept Mediterranean island of Santorini, Assyrtiko vines must be cultivated in low baskets, pinned to the ground. The shape serves to preserve moisture and protect the growing grapes in its interior.