"The 2011 Assyrtiko Idisma Drios was oak aged for 5 months in used oak (30% 1 year old barrels, 40% 2 years old, 30% 3 years old). The oak is a mixture of 85% French and 15% American. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. If I liked last year’s version, and this year’s similarly constructed sibling (the Chardonnay), this is likely a small step ahead of both. Beautifully constructed, with a slighter fuller body than the Chard and with considerable persistence on the finish, the oak is there, but reasonably well integrated. As with the Chardonnay sibling, the acidity zaps through the oak easily and gives this a very different demeanor. This even turns a little steely. Even if (like me) you tend to prefer your Assyrtiko without oak, this is hard to argue against. It is both interesting and charming. It should hold a few years, but it is lovely now and will drink great this summer, like its Chardonnay sibling."