94 points Wine & Spirits
"You can feel the ambition packed into this wine as soon as you lift the extra-thick bottle. Then you’ll smell it, in the pale, creamy, spicy scent of barrels. Sourced from a vineyard in Amyndeon planted in sandy clay at 1,755 feet of elevation, it lives up to its packaging, presenting assyrtiko in the style of Grand Cru Chablis. It’s rich, round and savory, the flavors presented in shades of beige—spice, earth, cream—with the variety’s inherent acidity pulling everything into a tailored, precise line. It holds that line for days after opening, the wine polished and powerful, designed to prove assyrtiko’s place in fine dining."
"From the Aghia Kiriaki vineyard at 620–710 m. Sandy clay and loam soil over limestone. Skin contact for 6 hours, controlled alcoholic fermentation by indigenous flora isolated from the specific block, in stainless-steel tanks with cooling jackets. On lees for 8 months with regular stirring. TA 6.9 g/l, pH 3.12, RS 1.9 g/l.
A smoky, stone-dust aroma on the nose, the citrus quality quite restrained. A coiled spring on the palate with so much tension and freshness that the fruit is all tied up – but definitely there. Moderate intensity and impressive length and purity. A very slight touch of friction in the texture and a light, clean lemony finish. 17/20 points. (JH)"
Vinous Reverie Notes
"...one of those hot estates that should draw consumer attention. This winery has been considered to be a 'comer' for awhile. It is fair to end that talk. They have arrived and are making terrific wines." ~ Robert E. Parker's The Wine Advocate
Alpha Estate is located in the heart of the Amyndeon, a wine region in the Northwest of Greece. The estate's vineyards cover over 160 acres situated on a plateau around 2,000 feet above sea level. Moderate temperatures and heavy winter rains create ideal conditions for the grapes to ripen. Poor soils with good drainage create a mild water deficit, resulting in small berries with intense red color and concentrated flavors and aromas. Alpha Estate is presided over by Angelo Iatridis, considered by many to be Greece's most promising winemaker. Angelo cultivates international varieties as well as indigenous Greek varieties, and all the wines are crafted in Alpha's state-of-the-art gravity-flow winery. Alpha is considered one of the most cutting edge producers in Greece and has established the most technologically advanced vineyards in the viticulture world. They always strive for precision grape-growing and focused terrior-driven wines that are bold and exciting.