Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro 2016
|Region||Greece, Macedonia, Amyndaio|
The 2016 Xinomavro Hedgehog Vineyard was aged for 12 months in an equal mixture of used and new French barriques. It comes in at 13.6% alcohol. This seems riper than the 2015-which is not a synonym for saying "better," but I suspect in the long run this will be better. Right at the moment, neither is ready and they were both a little hard to read when I originally received them (only the 2016 is here, the new release). Just lovely, this silky Xinomavro is perfectly balanced, fresh and crisp. It finishes tight and lingers. It is a perfect food wine but not quite ready. The world won't end if you pop it open, but you'd be better off coming back around 2021, both to allow tannins to moderate and for the fruit to become more expressive. I will say that, with about two hours open, it started to show sweeter and more expressive fruit. Graceful and precise, this is another fine bargain from Alpha Estate in this brand.