Alpha Estate 2014 Malagouzia Florina Turtles Vineyard 750ml
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"The 2014 Malagouzia "Turtles Vineyard" was previously marketed as the Axia Malagouzia. It is now referenced by name as a single-vineyard wine instead of being marketed under the Axia brand name. This was just bottled at the end of November, 2014. It is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. Not seeming particularly lush this year, it is, however, tightly wound and extremely aromatic, with some viscosity on the finish. In fact, some three days later, it coats the mouth beautifully and is even better than on opening. With a touch of grassiness on opening, fine focus and good, if subtle, concentration for this grape (Alpha's Sauvignon reviewed this issue is certainly deeper), this is another winner in the series. I wasn't 100% convinced on Day 1, but on Day 2 it was simply wonderful, a bit more pointed, tighter, more focused, and most importantly, more expressive as it aired and warmed. The purity of fruit was glorious. It was completely transparent. I actually liked it best on Day 3. That sealed the deal for me. Every time I underestimated this, it proved me wrong. This is subtle, but there are layers lurking underneath. Give this a few months to settle in--it is not yet fully expressive--and then drink it relatively young for best results. It might hold well for a few years. It may yet wind up being Alpha's best Malagouzia yet, but let's see how it handles a little aging. I suspect most will have it drunk it up later this summer, or next in any event."

Score: 90 points

-- Mark Squires, Wine Advocate #218, Feb 2015

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