Greece’s Santorini is a windswept, sun-drenched island that produces fantastic – and seriously underrated – wines. Case in point: this gorgeous (and age-worthy!) white exclusive. Last vintage it scored big kudos from major critics like The Wine Advocate, Wine & Spirits, Master of Wine Rose Murray Brown and The Chicago Tribune. This just-released 2015 is already soaking up the acclaim, with a 90-point rating from The Wine Advocate:
“Gentle, fresh and wonderfully balanced, this is a Nykteri that survives on finesse. ... The grip on the finish proves that it is no wimp, though, despite its elegance.
The name ‘Nykteri’ comes from the local word for ‘staying up all night,’ a nod to the Santorini tradition of pressing grapes late in the evening. All that night-owl dedication has really paid off for the Santo Wines team, too – since 2008, every vintage of Nykteri has won at least one major medal, including this one. (They may be the largest estate on this small island, but their tireless dedication to quality always shines through in the glass.)
Aged partially in oak barrels for three months, Nykteri has a mouthwatering balance of vibrant freshness and spicy oak notes on the finish, which perfectly accent the citrusy, floral palate. This will be delicious with traditional Greek salads, olive tapenades or a creamy bowl of avgolemeno (traditional lemon-chicken soup).