2010 Alpha Estate "Hedgehog Vineyard" Xinomavro Amyndeon

SKU #1163649 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This 2010 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard was aged for 12 months in French oak and comes in at 13.5% alcohol. It is revisited for a checkup this issue. With another eight months or so in the bottle, this has simply blossomed. It seems to have put on weight as it now feels fuller in the mouth and shows beautifully. All I can say is, the "wake up" here has been notable. The initial impression was perfect in one respect, however: it maintains a wonderfully elegant demeanor. Impeccably balanced, with not a hair out of place, it still manages to show nice structure, tightening noticeably on the finish, while always seeming restrained. The caressing texture makes it very sensual. This is a somewhat gentler view of Xinomavro, but it sacrifices little while delivering fine flavor. It's quite a bargain, too. (MS)  (10/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep ruby. Cherry fruit and a touch of orange. Silky but definite tannins. A great example of coolish-climate Xinomavro – pure and complex and still more to come. (JH)  (11/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 Cherry, spicebox, pepper and some vegetal aromas are followed by flavors of blueberry, toast and cherry. This is an approachable Greek red with bright fruit and good acidity. A spicy finish adds to the appeal. Pair with game and pork. (SK)  (9/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Bright cherry and kirsch flavors glide easily on the palate, joined by notes of Asian spice and dark chocolate. The juicy finish is vibrant and filled with plenty of vanilla and spice accents. (KM)  (10/2014)

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