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16 Summertime Sippers from Greece | Tasting Highlights | News & Features | Wine Spectator

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If you’re seeking fresh whites for summer drinking pleasure, look no further than Greece. The country is home to an amazing array of native grape varieties, and local vintners are stepping up to provide distinctive flavors. The highest quality white variety is Assyrtiko, which reaches its pinnacle with versions made on the island of Santorini, combining Riesling-like purity with lush creaminess.

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SANTO WINES Assyrtiko Santorini Trygos 2014

Wine Spectator Score: 89

Country: Greece

Tasting Note:

This rich version is filled with lemon curd, apple tart and white raspberry flavors that feature a fresh-tasting salinity. A smoky hint lingers on the well-spiced finish. Drink now through 2019. 2,500 cases made.

–KM

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SANTO WINES Santorini Vinsanto Trygos 2005

Wine Spectator Score: 89

Country: Greece

Tasting Note:

A buttery, dessert-style white, with a creamy texture and robust dried apricot, glazed pear and melon flavors. Dried ginger details show on the spicy finish, accented by honeyed notes. Drink now through 2022. 300 cases made.

–KM

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SANTO WINES Cyclades Rosé Semi-Dry Ageri 2014

Score: 83

Country: Greece

Tasting Note:

Off-dry, with candied cherry and plum tart flavors that turn a touch cloying on the finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.

–KM

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SANTO WINES Cyclades Kameni 2012

Score: 84

Country: Greece

Tasting Note

Off-dry, with raisiny notes to the roasted plum and dark cherry flavors. The rustic finish has juniper berry accents. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.

–KM

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