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Assyrtiko Thalassitis Santorini by Gaia 2016

Assyrtiko Thalassitis Santorini

by Gaia 2016

Producer : Gaia

Region : Greece (Greece), Santorini (Greece)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat

Tasting Notes

"The 2015 Thalassitis is Gai'a's familiar, old-vines Assyrtiko, unoaked and without malolactic fermentation (as the winery points out, "due to the climate conditions of Santorini the wine contains no malic acid, thus no malolactic fermentation is required"). It comes in at just 12.9% alcohol. This is just gloriously fresh and makes a statement right off the bat. Clean and remarkably delicious, with the fruit lifted and zipped into the palate, this is a nervy Thalassitis that I liked a lot. There is just a tinge of lemon on the finish. The fruit dances over the tongue. It is fresh and refreshing. On the second day, it was even better, its parts far better integrated and its freshness sealing the deal. It is not, to be sure, the biggest in concentration and body (it could use a bit more, perhaps), but it is respectable enough and its summer-refresher demeanor is very appealing. It will drink well young, but this should hold on for a few years nicely. This is a high-personality offering that succeeds on its own terms."

92 points - Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, June 2016

Specs

Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Gaia
Region Greece (Greece), Santorini (Greece)
Alcohol 13% alc./vol.
Style Fresh and crisp whites
Vintage 2016
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 100% Assyrtiko
Food Pairing Breads, Cured Meat, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat
Descriptors Floral, Fruity, Mineral
Wine Type White
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $197.70

The Producer

Gaia

Gaia was founded in 1994 by two friends, Agronomist Leon Karatsalos and Oenologist Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. They began with a small vineyard on the beautiful Island of Santorini.

Santorini's vineyards are known for cultivating the indigenous grape variety, Assyrtiko—a unique Mediterranean grape that thrives in exceptionally challenging climatic conditions. Despite the poor, porous volcanic soil primarily made of pumice, Assyrtiko grapes produce wines with notably high acidity. Gaia's vineyards, situated on the southeastern slopes of Episkopi, Akrotiri, and Pyrgos regions, exclusively consist of 70-80-year-old, ungrafted vines, resulting in remarkably low yields. In today's technologically advanced world, this is an extraordinary anomaly and a wine that deserves preservation and admiration.

In 1996, Leon and Yiannis acquired a fully operational winery with vineyards in Nemea, located just outside Athens. Here, they cultivate the red grape variety Agiorgitiko, which is considered a remarkable grape. Agiorgitiko can be crafted into a variety of styles, ranging from fruity rosé and light-bodied reds best enjoyed slightly chilled to full-bodied reds that benefit from oak aging and can be aged and improved for many years. In many respects, Agiorgitiko is akin to Greece's Nebbiolo.

Gaia is renowned for producing a diverse range of exceptionally high-quality wines in various styles. Renowned wine critic Robert Parker describes them as ‘one of Greece's finest wineries, producing crisp Santorini whites and Agiorgitiko that ranks among Greece's best.’ They were named Wine & Spirits Winery of the Year in 2007, 2009, and 2010!

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