Turtles' raises it's reptilian nose again in this pinot noir from the Florina region of Greece. It's a pretty, rich style of pinot that shows spiced cherry and plum aromas on the nose, with a sniff of dark chocolate. The palate is medium to fuller-bodied, with succulent plummy flavours, fine tannins, bright acidity, and a decent, spicy finish. This would be excellent with Greek keftedes (meatballs).
Location / Region / VIneyard: Amyndeon plateau. Amyndeon viticulture zone. North-western Macedonia. “Turtles” sub-region. 660m altitude, with northwestern exposure, facing mount Voras. 69ha of Linear, privately owned vineyard situated at an altitude of 620-710 m.
Vinification Method / Ageing: Destemming, no crushing, cold soak - skin contact under controlled conditions, alcoholic fermentation at gradual increasing temperatures, delestage, maintenance of wine ‘’sur lies’’ for eight months with regular stirring. 12 months in Allie - Bertrange oak casks medium to light toast. No treatment or filtration before bottling and 12 months in bottles.
Tasting Characteristics: Meticulous care in the vineyard and a gentle touch in the winery resulted in ALPHA’s PINOT NOIR. A wine of great intensity, balance and structure. Depth and concentration balanced by the fresh acidity and minerality that are typical of the site. Influenced by new oak, their subdued, alluring aromas, characterized from wild cherries aromas, with hints of spiced black plums, raspberries and cocoa seduce the educated palate, as does the vibrant acidity.
Harmony: Well paired with all white meats, from chicken to turkey and hare, grilled or cooked in fine sauces. Pork fillet and feathered game.
Best served at 16-18? C.