Alpha Estate 2004 Estate Red (Macedonia)
87 Points

Syrah makes up nearly a third of Alpha Estate's vineyards and 60% of this flagship blend, with Xinomavro and Merlot splitting the difference. One of the effects of vineyards above 2,000 feet is high acidity. Although a bit tart, the wine has plenty of plum and menthol in addition to bitter cherry flavors and a meaty character. The acidity makes this a great match for food, and time may soften this wine.

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  • Alcohol
    14.2%
  • Bottle Size
    750ML
  • Category
    Red
  • Importer
    Diamond Importers Inc
  • Date Published
    10/1/2006
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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