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2011 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard

Category: Greece SKU: 05154 Size: 750 ml
Brand: Alpha Estate
Region: Amyndeon
Varietal: Xinomavro Style: Red Wine
Ship/Pickup Class: A, L
Ratings: WA 92
Price: $24.99
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2011 Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard

Winemaker's Notes:

Splendid, purple red color. Complex, typical bouquet of leather and spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, rounded tannins, balanced acidity and wood tones. Long aftertaste with intense quince

Reviews

Wine Advocate 92 Points

The 2011 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard was aged for 12 months in French oak (half new, half second use). It comes in at 14% alcohol. This is Alpha's high altitude, bargain-priced Xinomavro, and it is usually quite a bargain these days. Rather refined and showing off its balance and finesse on first taste, this then becomes more traditional Xinomavro. The acidity pops up and the astringency on the finish follows quickly. Yet, it's beautifully constructed overall and ultimately very well balanced. Thanks to the late release, this is certainly approachable now. I gave it some two hours of air as well, and it became very attractive and more harmonious. For all of its power and acidity, everything is controlled well. It has lovely, silky texture and a full feel in the mouth on opening, too. It is a perfect food wine, but if you give it another year or two I suspect it will even be better. It is very much still on the upswing. If you're looking for soft, sweet sippers, that is not going to be this wine. For fans of Nebbiolo (it does seem to lean just a bit more in that direction this year), this is another no-brainer purchase in Alpha's lineup. We'll see how this develops, but for the moment it is well worth leaning up.-MS