“This is ripe and round, but its honeycomb richness is suffused with a chalky minerality that keeps it firm, and the acidity wraps it all tightly. Hunkered down into itself, this has impressive structure; it just needs time to relax and show more detail.”
“The 2017 Aidani Estate is unoaked and comes in at 13% alcohol. Fresh and juicy on the finish, this also has that hit of ripe and tasty fruit, which gives this a little more personality than a typical Assyrtiko. Don't misunderstand, though—it's crisp, not a fruit bomb. Elegant and well balanced, this drinks well. It finishes with enough tension to give it a little distinction. All that said, I do have some doubt that this is as good as the last couple of vintages. Right now, it seems to be close, but let's be a little conservative for the moment. This grape doesn't tend to age as well as the Assyrtiko, so drink it young, no matter how long it theoretically lasts. There is no rush, though, and it may yet fool us and look better in six months.”
“The 2016 Aidani Estate is unoaked. This ‘other’ white grape on Santorini (there are some more, besides Assyrtiko too) is typically the one we see as an alternative monovarietal. From the best producers, including Argyros, it is pretty impressive too. This is a fine follow-up to the lovely 2015. Full-bodied for this grape, fruity and bursting with flavor, it also has just enough tension and freshness to give you a juicy finish. There's a touch of peach, pear and flint. This will be fine for a few years, but don't hesitate to dive in early. Aidani doesn't normally age quite as well as Assyrtiko.”
"The 2015 Aidani (unoaked) seems like a pretty vigorous and concentrated Aidani in its youth, with tension on the finish and intensity of flavor, in a controlled way, to be sure. Viscous, fresh and pure, this is a big winner just now. These aren't the best cellar candidates, but should be in good form for a few years, too. The "other white," the junior partner of Assyrtiko, is in pretty fine form these days."