People often ask me what my favorite wines are. Here's one. I always have a case of the Gavalas Santorini (The Blue Bottle) at home. Finally the wine press is catching up to me. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated it 92 points, and now Decanter has awarded it their Gold Medal and rated it 96 points!
This is a "red wine drinkers" white wine and it's of the best food wines imaginable. It works exceedingly well with complex and aggressive foods, which is why it has become a Sommelier favorite. There is something is beguiling about wines produced by grapes grown in volcanic soils, Mount Vesuvius, Etna, Madiera, or the Santorini Caldera. They have an alluring pithiness to the flavors, palate cleaning acidity coupled with great weight in the mouth.
This is truly one of my favorite go to wines, red or white. Try it for yourself, I promise you'll get hooked just as I have.
- Doug Rosen
"The 2019 Santorini, sourced from old vines (50+ years), is dry, unoaked and comes in at 13.8% alcohol. This maintains elegance while providing some depth and power. It coats the palate nicely and has a long, lingering and fruit-filled finish. The fruit profile avoids any over-ripeness. It is dry, textured and fresh. This is nicely done, and it improved dramatically as it aired out and warmed up. It was better after an hour than it was on opening. Don't think that the kitschy blue bottle means that this is all marketing and no quality. It should age pretty well. We'll see in time, and take that in stages. It does have to demonstrate some ability to hold and improve. Meanwhile, this is nicely priced, considering how dramatically Assyrtiko prices have risen on Santorini. There were 40,000 bottles produced."
Release Price: $31
- Mark Squires, Issue 249 End of June 2020, The Wine Advocate