2018 Papagiannakos Assyrtiko Attica Greece

SKU #1425051 93 points Wine & Spirits

 Unlike most mainland assyrtikos, which stress fruit over mineral character, this one comes close to the Santorini ideal, radiating sunny warmth from its firm, stony flavor. Vassilis Papagiannakos grows it on a north-facing slope in Attika, where the vines root into limestone; he picks in August, before the grapes get too ripe (this one comes in at 13 percent alcohol). Fermented in stainless-steel tanks, it's savory and round, with only a hint of fruit flavor to add substance and texture. (TT)  (8/2019)

K&L Notes

Domaine Papagiannakos was founded in 1919 and lies just 18 miles outside of Athens in the Attica wine region. Run by Vassilis Papagiannakos, the third generation to run the winery, who has made great strides in modernizing the winemaking techniques while preserving the character and quality of the indigenous grape varieties. The Assyrtiko comes from a northeastern facing vineyard on limestone soils. It is fermented and aged all in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the variety. Similar to the Assyrtikos of Santorini, this has a lush mouthfeel and wonderfully accompanying acidity.

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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2019 | Send Email
It’s amazing how the demand for our Greek wine selections has soared over the past few years. This Assyrtiko is easily one of the most delicious and refreshing wines I’ve come across in quite a white. My colleague Greg summed up the flavor profile brilliantly: “…crushed sea salt, hints of green apple…”. The combination of salinity and bright citrus fruit make this a most intriguing and exotic white. Based on recent experience, I expect this wine will sell out super fast. Try one before they’re gone.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2019 | Send Email
Assyrtiko jumped from the island of Santorini to the the mainland of Greece several years ago. It has taken some time for the producers to get the measure of the varietal right though and the Papagiannakos is one of my favorite success stories. All from limestone soils (different than Santorini's volcanic ash), this gets you so close to the island style, you won't even know you're only a few miles outside of Athens. That limestone translates well, filling the wine with aromas of crushed rocks, lemon zest and a lingering perfume of white flowers. Even more important, it has the glycerol texture that makes Assyrtiko so interesting and an elegance that shows why it is Greece's most noble white grape. Stacked up against the nearly twice the price estate Assyrtikos from Santorini and this wine comes out pretty high on the spectrum of must try new wines!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/30/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is crushed sea salt, hints of green apple but it lets you know it’s a Volcanic island wine. On the palate the wine shows good weight, but it is offset by the racy mineral laden acidity which lifts and lengthens the wine while accenting the brightness. Really an excellent example of the varietal for my palate, food is a must.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13