Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines 2012 750ml
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Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines 2012

Alpha Estate - Amyndeon - Greece

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2012 Estate 'S.M.X.' is Syrah-dominated ('S') with 20% each of Merlot ('M') and Xinomavro ('X'), all sourced from high altitudes at 620-710 meters. It was aged for 12 months in new French oak and then held back in bottle for another year. This brand is trending up, but that is a fairly common comment regarding Alpha Estate's output. This is a fine follow up to the 2011. Opening a bit tart, this pulls itself together with aeration and becomes increasingly intense, yet better balanced. Silky in texture and elegant in the mid-palate, it becomes quite powerful and penetrating on the finish, which is laced with some blueberry nuances as well as some earthiness. There are promises of complexity to come. It becomes rather delicious on top of everything else. This somewhat astringent S.M.X. is impressively constructed, but it is in need of a little cellaring. If you can give it a couple of years of rest, at least, it will help a lot.

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Winery: Alpha Estate

Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Varietal: Xinomavro

Xinomavro is the predominant grape varietal of Macedonia, although it is also grown in many parts of Greece where the climatic conditions are suitable for this particular fruit. The names translates as 'acid black', which gives some clue as to the nature of this varietal. The grapes are renowned for their high tannin content, which is a result of the thick and blue-black skins found on the fruit. This particular characteristic results in a superb aging potential in wines made from the Xinomavro varietal, as time spent in barrels softens these strong, astringent tannins and allows the full range of their flavors to come through in the wine. Most commonly, Xinomavro grapes are associated with aromas of red gooseberry, spices, olives and dried fruit, such as dried tomato.

Country: Greece

It is almost impossible to understate the importance of local and regionally produced wines in Greek culture. Across the country, from the cities of the mainland to the villages, mountainous regions and islands, wine is produced using traditional methods and native grape varietals, and is drank in households and taverns, either accompanying the much loved local cuisine or alone as a refreshment under the blazing Mediterranean sunshine. For wine lovers around the world, Greece is known for producing several wines with something unique and interesting to offer, a refreshing change from the norm filled with surprises and complex, occasionally challenging or unusual flavors and aromas. Thanks to the vast range in terrain across the archipelago, Greek wine is as varied as it is delicious, meaning there is plenty to explore and enjoy from this fascinating and ancient country.