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91 points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate

Source    Reviewer    Rating    Maturity    Current (Release) Cost
eRobertParker.com #206
Apr 2013    Mark Squires    91    Drink: 2013 - 2015    $17-$22 (19)
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is tank fermented, from Alpha’s vines in the “Children” and “Alpheta” sub-regions of the Amyndeon plateau at 620-710 meters, aged sur lie. This is just lovely. I’ve often admired Greek Sauv Blancs—one of the international grapes the country tends to get right—but this is one of the better ones for sure, perhaps even better than last year’s. Showing fine purity of fruit and quite clearly being Sauvignon Blanc, this is well integrated and well balanced, yet persistent and flavorful on the finish. However long this holds in theory, noting that this has good acidity and rather fine concentration for the grape, you will do yourself and the wine a favor by drinking it young and fresh, rather than viewing it as a cellar selection. Drink now-2015. 

16,5
16,5 points. Jancis Robinson

Alpha Estate, Rosé 2012 PGI Florina

27 Dec 2012 by JH

Date tasted 21 Dec 2012

Producer Alpha Estate

Appellation PGI Florina

Vintage 2012

Region Macedonia

Country Greece

Score 16.5

Colour Rosé

Alcohol 13.5%

When to drink 2013 to 2014

Date tasted 21 Dec 2012

Reviewer JH

Xinomavro/Syrah blend. Pale candy pink. Fresh red fruits on the nose followed by terrific freshness on the palate with some hints of orange. Tastes dryish but perhaps not bone dry yet the finish is clean-cut and mouthwatering. Would be great on its own or with food. (JH)

90
90 points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate

Apr 2013 Mark Squires90

Drink: 2013 - 2015 $20 (17)

The 2012 Malagouzia Axia was tank fermented and sourced from Alpha’s vines in the “Turtles” sub-region of the Amyndeon plateau at 620-710 meters in altitude. It comes in at 13% alcohol. Rather full bodied and relatively lush relative to what I see for some bottlings from the grape, this has a lovely mouthfeel, nice texture and well integrated components, finishing with crispness and purity. The herbaceous notes common to many bottlings are in the background here. It has an elegant and persistent feel, lingering longer on the finish that you might think from the first impression. Seen a bit later this year, it certainly seems more expressive, more transparent and more open. It really grew on me as it aired. It may last longer than I think, but there is no reason to hold this and it may not hold long at peak. Drink it this summer when it will be at its best. Drink now-2015. 

16,5
16,5 points. Jancis Robinson

Alpha Estate, Axia Malagousia 2012 PGI Florina

27 Dec 2012 by JH

Date tasted 21 Dec 2012

Producer Alpha Estate

Appellation PGI Florina

Vintage 2012 Region Macedonia

Country Greece

Score16.5

Colour White

Alcohol 13%

When to drink 2013 to 2015

Date tasted 21 Dec 2012

ReviewerJH
 

Fragrant with pear and peach and a light floral note. Significantly more intensity and purity than earlier vintages and the acidity balances that fruit depth beautifully. This wine is really coming into its own. On the finish there's just-ripe apricot and real zest, freshness and length. It may keep longer but I'd enjoy it now. (JH)

90
90 points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate

eRobertParker.com #207
Jun 2013 

Mark Squires 9090

Drink: 2013 - 2020 $17-$20 (18) 

The 2009 Syrah – Xinomavro Axia is revisited this issue for a check-up. I’ve been singing the praises of this inexpensive bottling that has become quite a bargain. I wasn’t quite as convinced early on by this 2009, although it was really good. It now shows quite well with an elegant mid-palate, a crisp, slightly earthy finish and beautiful structure. That serious backbone stands it in good stead. Now that it has settled down, it is proving that it is beautifully constructed and a great food wine. I wanted another glass. It deserves a small uptick. Drink now-2020.