Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila

2019 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 93 PTS - BEST BUY - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"Assyrtiko has been growing on the Voila plain in eastern Crete since the 1990s, planted by farmers on the advice of the local co-op. Started from cuttings brought in from Santorini, the vines have taken to the place, a windy plateau at nearly 2,000 feet in altitude. This wine captures a sense of the coolness at that height, and the briskness of the wind, in its bright, quenching acidity; it also offers a sense of expansiveness in its breadth and round texture. The wine feels generous but firm, savory with herbal notes that recall the mountain tea that's ubiquitous on the island. In other words, it's a trip to Crete for $20, and available to ayone sheltering in place."

- Wine & Spirits (August 2020), 93 pts - BEST BUY

 

2019 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 89 PTS - WA

wa89"The 2019 Assyrtiko Vóila (not the French word!) is unoaked, dry and comes in at 13.4% alcohol. This is sourced from the Vóila area in Sitia (eastern Crete) with vines at approximately 600 meters in altitude. This area is different than Santorini, says the winery, with a slower ripening time. The vines were originally brought from Santorini, though, in the early 1990s, typically ungrafted. This was previously marketed as just "Assyrtiko."

Showing fine depth—and adding a layer of depth to the fresher whites like the Vidiano this issue—this is nicely crafted. It's bright, moderately gripping on the finish and has adequate stuffing in the mid-palate. It is actually a bit tight today, but by mid-to-late summer, it will open more. At the moment, the structure is in control, giving it a slightly sharp edge. The fruit already shows signs of becoming more expressive, though, in its dry and serious fashion. It should hold pretty well for a few years thereafter, perhaps more than anticipated. - Mark Squires"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #249, June 2020), 89 pts

 

2018 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"This comes from a parcel of bush vines growing in the higher altitudes of eastern Crete. It’s a meaty white, powerful in its stony savor, with a peppery spice from alcohol. Broad and muscular, it could use a few more months (or perhaps years) in the cellar to mellow, or a decant and a roasted game fish to match."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (October 2019), 91 pts

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2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - GREAT VALUE - WP

wplogo"When I sip this crisp, refreshing wine, its ripe flavors of peach, quince and wild herbs transport me to the Greek islands, basking in sunlight that drew Icarus higher on the cool Mediterranean breeze . . . oh wait, that’s my tasting note for a York Peppermint Pattie. ABV: 13.5 percent. - Dave McIntyre"

- Washington Post (August 2019), GREAT VALUE - EXCELLENT

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2017 Lyrarakis Assyrtiko Voila - 91 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"From the eastern end of Crete, nearly 2,000 feet above the Mediterranean, this assyrtiko grows in loamy soils. It’s stony, waxy and broad in its lemon flavors, with grippy acidity and sea-spray minerality. It feels young and punchy, wanting rich seafood to match."

- Wine & Spirits Magazine (August 2018), 91 pts

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