Alpha Estate with Matt Reilly for Why Not Wednesday
This week Alpha Estate and Matt Reilly the import representative for Diamond Importers is going to be pouring in store. Diamond importers is leading the charge bringing greek wine into the US. I have know Matt for 10 years, he is one of the most knowledgeable wine professionals that I know. He is a gem in the industry. He has worked tirelessly for distributors and importers for well over a decade. We are really excited to have him in the store.
ALPHA Estate is located at the northwest part of Greece, the Amyndeon, Florina region. Alpha Estate was founded in 1997 by the experienced viticulturist Makis Mavridis and chemist-oenologist Angelos Iatridis, who, after years of experience in various locations of Greece, chose the Amyndeon region to create his own wine. Human factor is indispensable to the expression of all elements, gracefully offered by the unique ecosystem of the single block, privately owned 75 hectares vineyard in the production of Alpha’s wines. Respect to nature, combined with high quality and deeply eco-friendly growing practices and the typicity of the produced wines are possible with the implementation of mild, sustainable integrated viticulture and winemaking practices, based on the most recent international standards. Professional know-how, experience and the team’s effort, throughout all stages of production and promotion, are necessary conditions to the desirable result, wines sealed under the Alpha Estate label.
Alpha Estate winery is located in the heart of the privately owned vineyards of the viticulture exploitation. That means that transport of the grapes from the vineyard to the winery during harvest is done at the shortest possible time. Close proximity, in combination with transport in special refrigerators and harvest at the coolest hours of the day underline the utmost respect and protection of the organoleptic characteristics of the wine grapes. Natural gravity, a concept applied from the design of the winery, is exploited throughout the winemaking process, with the minimum possible stress to the raw material. All construction materials are highly inactive and neutral in order to secure absolute neutral atmosphere conditions inside the winery, protecting the quality of the grape, the must and the wine. Managing the winery is simplified by applying a totally integrated building management system at all levels, from the winery process to the machinery and mechanical functions both inside the winery and from distance, from any part of the world. Large part of the winery and its state of the art machinery of the latest available winemaking technology are monitored directly by the suppliers of this equipment online, through modems, in order to secure optimum performance. The winery equipment installed satisfies the winemakers philosophy: Absolute Respect the the Ecosystem, the Vine grower and the Wine Lover. But the most important and greater space of the winery is the underground cellar which houses at ideal and optimum conditions all through the year the oak casks were all wines are aged. A specially designed path has been designed and created for the winery visitor in order to be able to visit the underground cask cellar without disturbing the quietness of the wines ageing inside the casks. Details can of course be obtained at first hand with a pre scheduled visit to the winery.
Alpha Estate Amyndeon, Macedonia Greece – Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 :: $24 sale $21
Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Sauvignon Blanc, suggesting gooseberry, passion fruits, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, quite fat balanced although, with plenty of finesse. Crispy and well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of lime. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with long finish and persistent aromas. Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc accompanies perfectly a huge range of “fruit de mer” dishes, grilled fishes, eastern gastronomy and pastas.
Alpha Estate Florina Malagouzia, Macedonia Greece – White Blend :: $25 sale $22
Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Malagouzia, suggesting rose petal with floral aromas and sweet spices, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, fat but balanced, high in alcohol with plenty of finesse. Well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of rosemary. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with long finish and persistent aromas. Excellently married with green salads, baked vegetables, pasta, low fat fishes and a wide variety of Greek seafood “Meze”.
Alpha Estate Axia Red, Macedonia Greece – Red Blend 2014 :: $24 sale $21
Splendid, purple red color. Complex, typical bouquet of spices (vanilla, pepper, clove), with hints of ripe blackberry. Full mouth, with vanilla aroma, rounded tannins, balanced acidity and wood tones. Long aftertaste with intense quince aroma.
Alpha Estate Hedgehog , Macedonia Greece – Red Blend 2016 :: $25 sale $21
Perfect match with juicy red barbecued meats, spicy sausages, red baked peppers in olive oil, stew rabbit, light spicy fool body cheeses.
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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