90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2012 Axia, PGI Macedonia now, is Alpha's familiar blend that is 50% each of Syrah and Xinomavro, aged for 12 months in French oak (half new, half used). It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This is another bargain in the lineup--so many of Alpha's wines are priced so as to make them no-brainer purchases. This is beautifully constructed with fine supporting tannins, big acidity and big fruit. Yet, the mid-palate still seems graceful, even as the wine tightens and shows off more power. It is a touch high-toned this year--I'm thinking that most of the immediate flavor nuance comes from exuberant Syrah--mingled with obvious oak, but it reacted well to aeration and kept getting better. It also became rather delicious. It should be fine in short order, but it will likely be better in a year or two if you can wait. At the price point, there's little ground to complain even now."
"50/50 Syrah and Xinomavro. Sand and sandy clay over limestone. pH 3.35, TA 6.1 g/l, RS 2.7 g/l. 12 months in Allier oak, medium to light toast. Smart screwcap.
Deep glowing crimson. Fragrant with black and dark-red fruit, cherry and blackberry, lightly spicy and peppery. This is really upright, dry and the tannins compact and paper fine, marked by the Xinomavro, very much a baby but already showing its breeding. Elegant, almost dusty texture. Remarkably fresh given its 14.5%. Still tightly wound and needing time for the tannins to relax. GV 17/20 points. (JH)"