It is no exaggeration to say that all wine-producing countries in Europe owe a debt to the Greeks for their efforts to spread winemaking throughout the Mediterranean world through trade and colonization – introducing grape vines to regions that had no history of viticulture. The two estates that we will be showing tomorrow, Koutsoyannopoulos and Economou, are based on Santorini and Crete respectively, and are dedicated to preserving the traditional grape-growing and winemaking practices of their particular islands – employing traditional, indigenous varieties and techniques.
Santorini Assyrtiko 2009
If you’ve attended any of our previous Santorini tastings, you know what to expect from Assyrtiko: bright, fresh acidity, ripe fruit, and a dry, “mineral” finish. Add a little bit of age, and this wine shows a complex array of aromas – hinting at what Santorini Assyrtiko can become with a few years’ rest.
Made from the indigenous varieties Liatiko and Mandilari on the island of Crete and then aged in oak for many years before release, this red is a fantastic discovery. Elegant like a mature Burgundy, but distinctly its own and bewitching at that, the Economou is complex and mature, showing leather, earth, and vibrant red fruit.Buy now