Alpha Estate Axia Red Xinomavro/Syrah 2010 750ml
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Alpha Estate Axia Red Xinomavro/Syrah Red Blend 2010

Amyndeon - Greece

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Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2010 Syrah - Xinomavro Axia is from high altitude vines in the 'Petres' and 'Dromos' sub-regions of the Amyndeon Plateau. It was aged for 12 months in medium- to light- toast French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. This has increasingly been the nicest value point in the red lineup. This may be its best iteration yet, if you are a fan of bright and earthy wines. Call it a poor man's Barbaresco. From the first sip, it projects an earthy nose (the Syrah ascendant), ending with a crisp, mouthwatering and focused finish (credit the Xinomavro). Once past the nose, the Xinomavro seems quite dominant here, given the wine's juicy finish and high acidity. It has a backbone, but it is nicely controlled and not overbearing, so it can be approached young. It should hold awhile, though, as it demonstrates the ability to improve over a couple of hours, getting better balanced and projecting more depth and harmony. As sharp as it seemed on opening, it was surprising how beautifully balanced it eventually was. (I mentioned Barbaresco - think Sottimano as a good model here.) Still, this isn't going to be the first choice for a porch sipper. It's not fleshy and it's not sweet. It needs food. Drink it with the right food matchup and it should sing some pretty songs. Drink now-2021.
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Vintage: 2010

2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia's year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.

Country: Greece

Thanks to thousands of years of viticulture, and a dedication to quality and experimentation, Greek wines remain in a league of their own and continue to surprise and delight wine lovers around the world. From the refined and delicious Agiorghitiko wines, with their deep ruby red color and intense fruit flavors, to the unusual and highly aromatic fortified wines made with the black Mavrodaphne grapes, Greek wine is renowned for its variety and consistent excellence. It seems the blazing Mediterranean sunshine allows wineries to make the most of the late harvests and all the intensity of flavor this brings, resulting in wines which are bursting with fruit-forward character and unusual aromas.