“The 2000 Vinsanto 12 Years Barrel Aged is the traditional blend (80% Assyrtiko, 10% each of Athiri and Aidani), aged in used French oak for 144 months. It comes in at 238 grams of residual sugar and 13.5% alcohol. Sourced from the winery's oldest parcels, this is another fine 12-year-old. When I first saw the winery's older Vinsantos, I gravitated to the 20s, but I'm increasingly coming to believe that the 12-year-olds are really the sweet spot in the lineup. (Of course, there are some vintage differences, too, and some of this is certainly personal preference.) Showing fine concentration, remarkable grip, tension and a tannic-like pop on the finish, this is filled with flavor, and its structure does not let the baked peaches and baked apricots, with a bit of molasses in the background, fade very easily. It is surprisingly fresh, as well as vibrant, perfect the next day too. The price, as is the case with all of these this issue, applies to a 500-milliliter bottle."