2019 Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc (750ml)

Sauvignon Blanc from 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.

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The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is unoaked and comes in at 13.2% alcohol. This is a bring-on-da-funk Sauvignon, with plenty of those vegetal nuances that purists love and others rather hate. That said, it doesn't really go too far. It's green, but it doesn't make you wrinkle your nose. It adds appealing freshness and silky texture, plus reasonable concentration. The juicy finish is enticing and tasty. It's a lively Sauvignon with an invigorating feel to it, a perfect summer white that will wake you up in warm weather. Under screwcap, it may hold well for several years, maybe longer than indicated, but there is no reason to wait. For the record, it was even better the next day.

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

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