2019 Alpha Estate Malagouzia Turtles Vineyard (750ml)

Malagousia from Florina, Amyndeon, Greece

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B-21's move to Tarpon Springs in 1966 discovered a significant Greek settlement. They began migrating to our coastal town at the turn of the 20th century to harvest sponge, a Greek island heritage dating back to the ancient Egyptians five thousand years ago. A sponge blight in the Mediterranean had challenged the world's supply. Sitting on the continental shelf off western Florida was a vast virgin sponge forest. Only those of the Dodecanese Islands had the harvesting skills, and so they came. Within twenty years, Tarpon Springs had become "The Sponge Capital of the World." Spongers in from sea, Ouzo and Retsina poured at the local tavernas.

Today, a new generation of inspired Greeks have created world demand from another natural resource. These winemakers have fashioned never heard of ancient indigenous varietals from the Greek mainland and the Aegean into a wine revolution. Demand for Greek whites is soaring, wines such as Malagousia, Moschofilero and Assyrtiko. Malagousia is a particularly aromatic grape with exotic fruits, citrus, jasmine and mint with a viscous palate and medium acidity. Moschofilero is a light pink-skinned grape that produces lively, crisp wines with intense fragrances. Assyrtiko is native to the Aegean Islands and in particular Santorini. Assyrtiko is amoung the great white wines of the world, with excellent acidity, minerality and superb length. All super wines we highly recommend – you'll soak 'em up like a sponge.


The 2019 Malagouzia Turtles Vineyard is unoaked, dry and comes in at 13.21% alcohol. A nice bargain, this screwcapped Malagousia is aromatic and expressive this year. It's fun just to smell, but it tastes great as well. It has good concentration for the grape and the style but even better freshness. There's just a bit of bite on the finish. This is a grape I have often thought works best when very young. That is true here, too, but it will certainly develop over the next few months. Under screwcap, it should hold well for several years, maybe more than indicated. There's no reason to wait, though. It's worth leaning up on the score today, but don't expect this to be as interesting when you lose the freshness.

90 points, Mark Squires, Wine Advocate (Issue # 248 - Apr 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

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