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A Pair of Greek Wines


Both of these wines offer a Greek twist to what I normally drink.  Perhaps I am naive but I do not recall seeing a bottle of Greek sparkling wine before.  The NV Ktima Tselepos, Amalia Brut is immediately enjoyable out of the bottle with its white tropical fruit that borders on the ripe side.  The 2009 Alpha Estate, Axia is also in the right state for current drinking. This even blend of Syrah and Xinomavro clearly tasted different.  The fruit is at the center with the structure present in the shadows.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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NV Ktima Tselepos, Amalia Brut, Methode Traditionnelle, Arcadia – $20
Imported by Dionysos Imports.  This wine is 100% Moschofilero which was fermented in stainless steel vats then bottled for second fermentation and aged for 12 months.  RS 12 g/L. Alcohol 12%.  There was a very light color in the glass.  The light nose was fruity with white, tropical aromas.  In the mouth there was an initial touch of yeast before ripe, tropical flavors slowly build in the mouth.  There were fine, strong bubbles with a mousse that lasted until the finish.  The finish bore creamsicle flavors along with some acidity at the back of the throat.  ** Now-2014.

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2009 Alpha Estate, Axia, Syrah-Xinomavro, Florina – $20
Imported by Diamond Importers.  This wine is a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Xinomavro which were fermented in stainless steel, rested on the lees for seven months then aged for nine months in French and American oak.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose bore aromas of macerated berries.  The mouth follows the nose with a firm and dry start.  There were then flavors of prune, fig, and firm black fruit along with some cedar.  The flavors lightly expanded revealing integrated acidity and barely apparent tannins.  The flavors took on some tang and a little texture.  There was some personality to the different flavors.  I would guess this is a near-term drinker.  ** Now-2015.

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