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Alpha Estate Pinot Noir Ecosystem - Strofi 2021 750ml

size
750ml
country
Greece
region
Macedonia
WA
90
JS
90
Additional vintages
2021 2020 2019
WA
90
Rated 90 by Wine Advocate
The 2021 Pinot Noir Ecosystem Strofi Single Block was aged for 12 months in new French barriques and comes in at 14.48% alcohol. Alpha Estate has a stable of international grapes that it usually handles beautifully. The Pinot Noir has been my least favorite in most years, but it has been rounding into form. Alpha tends to keep plugging away until it is consistently excellent. This is a beauty. It has all the sensibilities that Pinot lovers who lean toward Burgundy will want, including an elegant mid-palate, silky texture and dry flavors on the finish. This has ripe fruit, but it never seems too much or even a little intrusive. It folds into the whole perfectly, making it serious and understated. The ripe tannins make it accessible. If you're looking for some candied concoction, that's not this. The remaining question with this (and the brand) is how it might age. It is at a price point that includes an expectation that it will develop and get better, even though it is quite approachable today. As yet, we don't have a long track record. Let's start here and see where it goes, but this somewhat subtle red does have the opportunity to improve over the next few years. It should hold at least another decade. Still, if this has a remaining question, it is the ability to age and develop. ... More details
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Alpha Estate Pinot Noir Ecosystem - Strofi 2021 750ml

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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.
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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.