Tasting note: Boutari 2004 VinSanto

At a youthful 6 years out, this wine showed the depth and complexity that the appellation in known for, with a gorgeous balance of candied white stone fruit and saltiness. The Assyrtiko grape and its unique expressions, whether vinified as a dry or dried-grape wine, continue to fascinate me and the Boutari Vinsanto is one of my favorites (for the record, it’s actually a blend of Assyrtiko and Aidani, which imparts a wonderful aromatic character to this wine). Tracie P and I have been blown away by how well new oak and small cask aging works with Assyrtiko and in this case, the wood gives a nutty counterpart to the fruit and salt (the label reports that the wine was bottled in 2008, leading me to believe that it spent nearly 4 years in wood). I also love how this wine clocks in with a judicious 12% alcohol, remarkable for the dried-grape category but in line with overarching attitudes among Greek winemakers. Great stuff…

—Jeremy Parzen (blogmaster)

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One Comment on “Tasting note: Boutari 2004 VinSanto”

  1. Chiq Says:

    Sounds like great wines with a fascinating hisrtoy and geography! I agree that the Santorini wine industry is precious and people need more education about the value both from cultural and tourism perspectives. I’m so curious to learn more about the Greek wine industry and what’s going on in that part of the world! Please write more posts about this.

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