Tasting Note: In structure, finesse and precision, this is arguably Alpha Estate's best ever, although it has some things to prove in the cellar. It is also very different than the richer and sexier 2012 in style. Silky, crisp and Burgundian in style, this 2013 seemed rather brilliant and not quite as understated in terms of power as some years can be, although it is still impeccably balanced. It is focused and the finish is tense, but never overwhelming. My only issue was with the nose?and that followed through onto the palate, especially early on?which gave the wine a bit of a high-toned nuance, a touch of Amarone (maybe that yeast strain?). Still, this is quite brilliant on so many levels that I have to lean up on this just now. It may eventually deserve an uptick. It should age beautifully and hopefully it will pull everything together. I saw some signs of that even as it sat in the glass over a couple of hours. It does need a year or three in the cellar, by the way, for best results. As it aire Score - 94. (Mark Squires, robertparker.com, April 28, 2017 )
|Sugar/Sweetness||XD - Extra Dry|
|Tags||Full-bodied & Smooth, Xinomavro|
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