I drank a bottle last night in Mykonos of what is supposed to be one of Greece’s greatest wines, the 2003 Alpha Estate Alpha One. The wine was good but slightly too jammy and disjointed to be very serious in quality. I would put it at 84 points. My friends didn’t like it at all.
At least the back label was helpful. Check it out:
Alpha One is a highly selective bottling of the best wine produced on the 39 ha Alpha Estate and is released only if it achieves excellence. In 2003 the wine came from a vineyard whose greek name means “The Tortoise Nest” and which is planted with Montepulciano and Tannat. 4,796 bottles of the wine were produced and released in January 2006 after 10 months in cask and 16 months in bottle. It can be aged for more than fifteen years. Alpha One 2003 has deep colour, an intense concentration of complex flavours and a superb length.
It could have done without the tasting note, but nobody is perfect. The label also showed the amount of Tannat and Montepulciano – 60 percent Tannat and 40 percent Montepulciano.
Just to let you know, I served this wine against a bottle of 2003 Ducru-Beaucalliou and a bottle of 2003 Cos-d’Estournel. My wine collector buddy said that he would “give me $1 million” if he couldn’t tell the difference between the Greek wine and the Bordeaux. He took one whiff of the glasses in almost complete darkness at the dinner table and got it right. So much for my million bucks!
The 2003 Bordeaux were showing wonderfully, with loads of fruit, velvety tannins and long finishes. These two wines show why I like the vintage so much. And the Ducru and Cos are two of the best wines from that year.