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Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Alpha Estate - Amyndeon - Greece

Professional Wine Reviews for Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is an unoaked bottling that spent four months on the lees and comes in at 13% alcohol. Another beautifully focused Sauvignon from Alpha Estate, this shows considerable greenness, a bit more broccoli and asparagus notes early on than mere grassiness, but it also has fine mid-palate concentration, tension on the finish and the ability to integrate its components beautifully. Tightly wound on opening, it was not as immediately expressive as some vintages. The next day, it began singing prettier songs. By Day 3, the more vegetal notes have moderated, leaving mostly grassy nuances. It... read more... Additional information »
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Winery: Alpha Estate

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

One of the most commonly planted and cultivated white wine grape varietals in the world is the Sauvignon Blanc. This green skinned grape originated in southern France, where it is still grown today and produced into exceptionally high quality wines. However, it is also very much a varietal of the New World, and can be found almost anywhere with the correct climatic conditions for it to thrive in. Generally, Sauvignon Blanc grapes prefer cooler climates, and benefit best from an early harvest. Too much exposure to heat causes the juices inside the fruit to lose much of their character, and results in flat, uninteresting wines devoid of the grapes' usual bite and crispiness. In many countries, Sauvignon Blanc grape juices are aged in barrels, and are allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, which transforms this dry and refreshing, zesty and fruity white wine into something far mellower, more buttery and refined.

Country: Greece

As one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world, Greece has millenia of experience and expertise when it comes to viticulture, and has developed a set of flavors and characteristics which are found nowhere else on earth. The ancient Greeks revered and deified wine, and were the first true innovators in the history of wine, adding everything from seawater to honey and spices in order to find exciting new taste combinations and aromas. Today, Greek wines are just as varied, although far more refined and sophisticated than their ancient counterparts. The practice of enhancing Greek wines with aromatic substances never left the country, though, as can be seen in the popular Retsina wines, which use pine resin to provide their unique taste and aroma combinations. There is far more to Greek wine than merely Retsina, however, and the vast variety on offer is a testament to the expertise of Greek wineries making the most of the wonderful climate, terrain and grape varietals they work with.
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