Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines Ecosystem- Barba Yannis 2017 750ml

size
750ml
country
Greece
WA
93
WA
93
Rated 93 by Wine Advocate
The 2017 Xinomavro Ecosystem Reserve Vielles Vignes Barba Yannis Single Block was aged for 24 months in new French barriques and comes in at 13.94% alcohol. By "old vines," the winery means "ungrafted bush vines" from 1919. Nervy, elegant and showing beautiful mid-palate finesse, this adds flavor and a long, juicy finish as well. The dominant feature here just now, though, is the acidity, which is high enough to cause a little initial mouth pucker while it lifts the fruit. It seems light and bright. The wine seems up to the task of integrating the acidity, but you are going to want to cellar this for a couple years to allow it to settle down and come together in various ways. The fruit needs to become more expressive. Alpha Estate is on a roll with this brand, and this looks like one of the more intriguing ones of late. That also means, as tends to happen, that this will need a little more time to show its stuff and it is not as clear where it is going. I'm bullish on this, but it needs to prove its case in the cellar. Let's start here in terms of evaluation and drinking windows.
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Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines Ecosystem- Barba Yannis 2017 750ml

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WA
93
WA
93
Rated 93 by Wine Advocate
The 2017 Xinomavro Ecosystem Reserve Vielles Vignes Barba Yannis Single Block was aged for 24 months in new French barriques and comes in at 13.94% alcohol. By "old vines," the winery means "ungrafted bush vines" from 1919. Nervy, elegant and showing beautiful mid-palate finesse, this adds flavor and a long, juicy finish as well. The dominant feature here just now, though, is the acidity, which is high enough to cause a little initial mouth pucker while it lifts the fruit. It seems light and bright. The wine seems up to the task of integrating the acidity, but you are going to want to cellar this for a couple years to allow it to settle down and come together in various ways. The fruit needs to become more expressive. Alpha Estate is on a roll with this brand, and this looks like one of the more intriguing ones of late. That also means, as tends to happen, that this will need a little more time to show its stuff and it is not as clear where it is going. I'm bullish on this, but it needs to prove its case in the cellar. Let's start here in terms of evaluation and drinking windows.
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size
750ml
country
Greece
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Rated 93 - The 2017 Xinomavro Ecosystem Reserve Vielles Vignes Barba Yannis Single Block was aged for 24 months in new French barriques and comes in at 13.94% alcohol. By "old vines," the winery means "ungrafted bush vines" from 1919. Nervy, elegant and showing beautiful mid-palate finesse, this adds flavor and a long, juicy finish as well. The dominant feature here just now, though, is the acidity, which is high enough to cause a little initial mouth pucker while it lifts the fruit. It seems light and bright. The wine seems up to the task of integrating the acidity, but you are going to want to cellar this for a couple years to allow it to settle down and come together in various ways. The fruit needs to become more expressive. Alpha Estate is on a roll with this brand, and this looks like one of the more intriguing ones of late. That also means, as tends to happen, that this will need a little more time to show its stuff and it is not as clear where it is going. I'm bullish on this, but it needs to prove its case in the cellar. Let's start here in terms of evaluation and drinking windows.
green grapes

Varietal: Xinomavro

In Macedonia and other parts of southern Europe, the main red wine grape varietal grown is the Xinomavro, a blue-black skinned grape whose name translates as 'acid black'. This grape thrives in the hot and arid landscapes of parts of Greece and the Mediterranean coast, and has been used for centuries for the production of superbly characterful dark red wines. The main features of the Xinomavro grape include their thick skins, which hold a high tannin content, and the fact that they contain a relatively high amount of acidity. These features are often problematic in young wines made from Xinomavro grapes, but also produce exquisite aged wines, when the tannins and acids have been given time to mellow and round out. In aged Xinomavro wines, a wide bouquet of delightful aromas is often present, containing classic Mediterranean notes such as black olive and dried tomato.
fields

Country: Greece

Few countries in the world can claim such an illustrious history of viticulture as that found in Greece, just as few countries can benefit from such an impressive range of terrain as that found across the mainland and islands of this ancient and fascinating land. When we consider that grapes are grown everywhere from the tiny islands in the Aegean sea, to larger land masses such as Rhodes and Crete, on the arid and rocky mainland and mountainous regions of Greek Macedonia, it is no wonder Greek wines show such huge diversity in style, flavor, aroma and character. One thing remains consistent, however, and that is the dedication to producing distinctly 'Greek' wines, full of characteristics which reflect the slow evolution of viticulture in a country which has been producing wine for several thousand years. Whilst certain wines, such as Retsina and those made from the Agiorghitiko grapes have long since been popular with fine wine drinkers world-wide, Greek wineries are continuing to produce superb wines using a wide range of native and imported grape varietals, meaning there are always plenty of new flavors and aromas to discover.
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green grapes

Varietal: Xinomavro

In Macedonia and other parts of southern Europe, the main red wine grape varietal grown is the Xinomavro, a blue-black skinned grape whose name translates as 'acid black'. This grape thrives in the hot and arid landscapes of parts of Greece and the Mediterranean coast, and has been used for centuries for the production of superbly characterful dark red wines. The main features of the Xinomavro grape include their thick skins, which hold a high tannin content, and the fact that they contain a relatively high amount of acidity. These features are often problematic in young wines made from Xinomavro grapes, but also produce exquisite aged wines, when the tannins and acids have been given time to mellow and round out. In aged Xinomavro wines, a wide bouquet of delightful aromas is often present, containing classic Mediterranean notes such as black olive and dried tomato.
fields

Country: Greece

Few countries in the world can claim such an illustrious history of viticulture as that found in Greece, just as few countries can benefit from such an impressive range of terrain as that found across the mainland and islands of this ancient and fascinating land. When we consider that grapes are grown everywhere from the tiny islands in the Aegean sea, to larger land masses such as Rhodes and Crete, on the arid and rocky mainland and mountainous regions of Greek Macedonia, it is no wonder Greek wines show such huge diversity in style, flavor, aroma and character. One thing remains consistent, however, and that is the dedication to producing distinctly 'Greek' wines, full of characteristics which reflect the slow evolution of viticulture in a country which has been producing wine for several thousand years. Whilst certain wines, such as Retsina and those made from the Agiorghitiko grapes have long since been popular with fine wine drinkers world-wide, Greek wineries are continuing to produce superb wines using a wide range of native and imported grape varietals, meaning there are always plenty of new flavors and aromas to discover.