2015 Alpha Estate Axia (750ml)

Xinomavro from Amyndeon, Florina, Greece

90WA

The 2015 Axia red is the typical and equal blend of Syrah and Xinomavro, aged for 12 months in an equal mixture of new and second use French oak. It comes in at 13.36% alcohol. Silky in texture, this is very crisp this year, showing off its Amyndeon acidity. It is a classic food wine. This is not overly concentrated, but it is pretty intense and filled with flavor, the Syrah controlling the conversation just now. The fruit shines through, lifted and nicely defined. It finishes a little tart, but the textured finish is also very caressing in its way. The structure this year seems to be a bit better than the fruit, but the fruit is emphasized as it is slammed into the palate by the acidity. There's a backbone too. Overall, this is pretty intense for the price point, not necessarily the one you pick today to drink tonight. Yet, with about two hours of air, it did start coming around pretty well. It could benefit from another year or two in the cellar. It should hold well.

90 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 237 - Jun 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%
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$19.99
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