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92
92 points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate

Source    Reviewer    Rating    Maturity    Current (Release) Cost
eRobertParker.com #195
Jun 2011    Mark Squires    92    Drink: 2012 - 2023    $33 (33)
The 2008 Estate is a blend of Syrah (60%), Xinomavro (20%) and Merlot (20%) from several vineyards beginning at 620 meters above sea level, aged in French oak for a minimum of 12 months. With a one year difference in vintage dates, this 2008 is a little more disjointed than the 2007 revisited this issue. A bit tighter and more astringent on the finish at this point, its oak also shows a bit more at the outset as well and it is not yet quite as expressive as the Syrah component on the 2007. With air, it seems to wind up in much the same place as the 2007, and I suspect it will edge out the 2007 in time, although it is certainly not quite as appealing now. Be a little patient, as it will show better in 2-4 years. This is going to be a beauty. Drink 2012-2023. 

Note that the 2007 reds are released and currently in the marketplace. The 2008s were all bottled at the time reviewed, but are largely still being held back for bottle aging. They will be released sometime in mid to late 2011. Alpha is one of those hot estates that should draw consumer attention. Here's a chance to get in at the ground floor, more or less, with two fine vintages in 2007 and 2008. This winery has been considered to be a "comer" for awhile. It's fair to end that talk. They have arrived and are making terrific wines. They have their own style and the Amyndeon terroir is somewhat different than Naoussa, they say, which is the signature appellation for Xinomavro in Greece. Taking that all together, Alpha's wines are more refined and accessible than some of the more rustic versions of Xinomavro. Compare them to Xinomavro from Foundi in Naoussa, also reviewed this issue, and it seems not even to be the same grape. I've often compared Xinomavro to Nebbiolo, but with Alpha, Pinot Noir comparisons seem more apt. There is still attention to structure here and few compromises. The quality steadily improves and considering the small production levels on many of the wines, the output seems to be quite reasonably priced, too. Greek reds are justly acquiring more cachet and this Northern Greek estate is one very fine example of where the region is going.

90
90 points. Robert Parker. The Wine Advocate

Source    Reviewer    Rating    Maturity    Current (Release) Cost
eRobertParker.com #212
Apr 2014    Mark Squires    90    Drink: 2014 - 2017    $18 (18)
The 2013 Malagouzia Axia is from the Turtles sub-region of Amyndeon, a vineyard at an altitude of 620-710 meters. Coming in at 13% alcohol, it was tank-fermented and bottled on November 11, 2013. Tasted somewhat more than 90 days later, it was showing quite well, projecting nice viscosity in its youth. The lovely aromatics and flavors I’ve come to expect were on display, too: oranges, muted and perhaps cut by some hints of pear. Showing good density for this grape (winemaker Angelo Iatridis said the “nice body” was notable in the vintage) and continuing to flesh out in the glass, it finishes lightly, but nicely, with all its parts, including acidity, well-integrated. It also finishes with delicious bursts of fruit. Drink now-2017 

96
96 Points. James Halliday. The Australian

2009 Alpha Estate Syrah Merlot Xinomavro
An estate-grown blend of 60% syrah, 20% each of merlot and xinomavro given three to four days' cold soak before fermentation. A vivid, deep crimson-purple colour; intense black cherry fruit fills the bouquet, then opens proceedings on the beautifully weighted and structured palate. Superb poise and balance to the oak and fine-grained tannins. Served blind, you would not guess its country of origin. 14% alc; cork
96 points; drink to 2030; $40

17,5 +
17,5+ points. Jancis Robinson


Date tasted    14 May 2011
Producer    Alpha Estate
Appellation    Regional Wine of Florina
Vintage    2008
Region    Macedonia
Country    Greece
Score    17.5+
Colour    Red
Alcohol    14.5%
When to drink    2011 to 2018
Date tasted    14 May 2011
Reviewer    JH60% Syrah, 20% Xinomavro, 20% Merlot. 13 months in French oak. 
Overly heavy bottle. Deep black cherry colour and a bright dark-cherry freshness on the nose. Sweet spice, just a little earthy, in a good way. Smooth, voluptuous and yet still fresh on the palate. Lovely balance and integrity. Harmonious but still has a way to go. Tannins are marked but supple and yield to the fruit on the mid palate. Alpha’s trademark freshness on the finish, even though this is a big, full-bodied wine. Real finesse as well as power. (JH)
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