Alpha Estate 2020 Single Vineyard Hedgehog Xinomavro (Amyndeon) Rating and Review | Wine Enthusiast
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Alpha Estate 2020 Single Vineyard Hedgehog Xinomavro (Amyndeon)

Rating
90
Price
$29
Winery
Variety
Wine Type
Red
Alcohol
14%
Bottle Size
750 ml
Issue Date
3/1/2024
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The perfect red wine to serve with a slight chill, this elegant bottle from northwestern Greece has invitingly fresh cranberry, raspberry and cherry aromas. The bright tangerine and cherry flavors on the light-bodied palate are complemented by dried herbs and the faintest whisper of cloves, an indication of the 12 months the wine spends in oak before release. It's made entirely from Xinomavro, a deeply pigmented indigenous red grape, farmed on high-elevation plots. Ideal for pairing with all sorts of salty cheeses, meats and other full-flavored fare, it finishes long and bright. The story behind the wine is almost as compelling as what's in the glass. It's named after a locally protected species of hedgehog. Emily Saladino

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About The Scores

*Products deemed unacceptable (receving a rating below 80 points) are not reviewed.

98-100

Classic
The Pinnacle of quality

94-97

Superb
A great achievement

90-93

Excellent
Highly recommended

87-89

Very Good
Often good value; well recommended

83-86

Good
Suitable for everyday consumption, often good value

80-82

Acceptable
Can be employed


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