2009 Alpha Estate "Hedgehog Vineyard" Xinomavro Amyndeon
Wine & Spirits
This adds a few octaves to the usually delicate character of xinomavro grown in Amyndeon's sandy soils, the flavors ranging from deeply fruity and darkly truffled into higher registers of roses and herbs. The acidity keeps it lively and fresh, making this a xinomavro you could open tonight with lamb chops, or age for another few years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard is from a high-altitude site (690 meters), aged in French oak for 12 months and held back for another 12 months in bottle before release. If the Axia Syrah-Xinomavro is not the big bargain point in this lineup, this relatively new bottling surely is. I was not quite expecting the power – it actually seems more intense than the 2008. Earthy, bright and gripping, with both acidity and tannin on the finish, this has a charmingly rustic feel to it at a very fine price point. Like many of Alpha's wines, it will need a food matchup. It isn't a sweet, sip-on-its-own type of wine. But there is a lot of STUFF going on here for this rather modest price range. I loved its earthy complexity. Drink 2014-2022.
Firm and savory, featuring dried raspberry and plum tart flavors, supported by powerful acidity. Long and well-spiced on the finish, with some ferrous and iodine notes. Drink now. 2,350 cases made. (Web-2013)
According to Wine Advocate: "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." (June 2013)