Awards & Scores

 

 

Wine Competitions

 

2014 Critic’s Challenge
Platinum   2010 Aleksander Reserve (94 Points)
Gold          2010 Aleksander (92 Points)

2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver        2010 Aleksander  
Silver        2010 Aleksander Reserve

2014 The Dallas Morning News/TEXSOM
Gold          2010 Aleksander
Silver        2011 Aleksander

2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
Platinum   2010 Aleksander (98 Points)   
Platinum   2010 Aleksander Reserve (95 points)
Gold           2011 Aleksander (93 points)

2014 Sunset International Wine Competition
Silver        2010 Aleksander

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver        2011 Aleksander

2015 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
Double Gold        2011 Aleksander
Gold                     2011 Aleksander Reserve
 

Reviews


CALIFORNIA GRAPEVINE

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles – Medium-dark ruby; forward, intense, toasty, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis, dried herbs, and tobacco leaf; full body; big, rich, extracted, herbal, dark fruit flavors with well integrated oak, bright acidity, and hints of black olive and mocha; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Needs a few more years of bottle aging to round out. Very highly recommended. 90/100 Points

THE TASTING PANEL

2010 Aleksander Reserve, Paso Robles – Dark; lush nose; concentrated and harmonious with racy acidity and deep flavors of plum, black raspberry and spice; juicy, intense and elegant; refined and balanced. 93/100 Points

2011 Aleksander Wine, Paso Robles
Smooth and lush with silky texture and juicy plum; earthy, dense and spicy; long and generous, balanced and elegant. 92/100 Points

ANTONIO GALLONI VINOUS

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles - Inky ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of ripe cherry and plum are lifted by a peppery element and a subtle floral note. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering hefty dark fruit preserve flavors and a touch of candied licorice. In an ample, decadent style, finishing with a strong thrust and velvety framing tannins. 91/100 Points

2010 Aleksander Reserve, Paso Robles - Vivid purple. A wild, expansive bouquet evokes dried black and blue fruits, exotic spices and cured meat, along with smoke and black pepper overtones. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering sappy blueberry and bitter cherry flavors and a jolt of tangy acidity. Puts on weight with air and finishes zesty and long, with supple tannins and a strong echo of superripe dark fruits. There's something Zin-like to this wine, which is still extremely young. 92+/100 Points

2011 Aleksander, Paso Robles - Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of cherry-cola, cassis, pipe tobacco and vanilla, with a hint of incense in the background. Velvety, densely packed and palate-staining, displaying very good depth to its dark berry preserve and bitter cherry flavors. A floral note builds on the long, gently tannic, spice-accented finish. 90/100 Points

2011 Aleksander Reserve, Paso Robles - Bright purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, sexy oak, candled flowers and licorice. Smooth and expansive on the palate, offering intense blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and a hint of chewing tobacco. Picks up a smoky note on the persistent finish, which is framed by supple, even tannins

WINE ENTHUSIAST

2010 Aleksander Reserve, Paso Robles – Boysenberry and blueberry form the fruit aromas on this wine made by the family of former Los Angeles Laker Sasha Vujacic. In addition, it features a dark black-dirt minerality, black olive, cinnamon bark and absinthe-like scents. The tannins coat the mouth along with blue and purple fruit flavors, and it ends with strong acidity. 93/100 Points

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles – The aromas on this wine from former NBA star Sasha Vujacic’s family winery surround a cherry core that’s gets weight from tar and cedar, and lift from peppermint on the fringes. Deep black fruit flavors get overwhelmed by hard, grippy, cigar-box tannins that could use a few more years to mellow out, but this is a serious wine. 88/100 Points

WINE SPECTATOR

2010 Aleksander Reserve, Paso Robles – With a fleshy, supple texture and zesty, ripe fruit, this is an easy red to drink, offering appealing layers of dark cherry and red currant, revealing accents of spice and toasty oak. Merlot and Cabernt Sauvignon, Drink now through 2018. 300 cases made. 90/100 Points

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles – Ripe and blowsy, with spicy baked cherry aromas and soft, indistinct macerated cherry flavors. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2017. 86/100 Points

WINEREVIEWONLINE.COM

2010 Aleksander Reserve, Paso Robles – This red Bordeaux-style blend leans heavily on the Merlot grape, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the blend. The Merlot flexes its muscles in a way that might surprise some, showing richness and power without losing its sense of balance. Layered plum and blackberry fruits dominate, with hints of spice and mocha rounding out the package. The tannins are ripe and nicely integrated, contributing to a supple, generous mouthfeel that is certainly among the most attractive aspects of this wine.  Platinum award winner at the 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition. 95/100 Points

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles – This wine is a testament to what can be done with Merlot in Paso Robles.  It's incredibly full bodied, with a deep black and red berry mix accompanied by notes of damp earth, dried herb, dill, and baking spice.  Big and chewy in the mouth, it stays well integrated through the long finish, bring a nice citrus note forward that waters your mouth and invites another sip.  Contains 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Platinum award winner at San Diego International Wine Competition. 95/100 Points

CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE to CALIFORNIA WINE

2010 Aleksander Reserve, Paso Robles – Never likely to be confused with any form of shrinking violet, this very ripe, very rich, deeply fruity, oaky wine will offend those who think everything from California goes over the top. On the other hand, there is a big and willing world that likes expressive wines like this one, and the members of that society will revel in its intense black cherry flavors and full-bodied palatal impressions. It is perhaps best partnered with savory lamb dishes where it should shine now and for at least a half decade and more beyond that. 91/100 Points

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles – Very much in keeping with the house style, this wine is broad, rich, ripe and well-stuffed, but it comes across as somewhat less precise in fruit and somewhat softer in opening palate feel before its coarse tannins kick in. It has all the meat and muscle to partner with the same foods as the Reserve, but here we might opt for cheeses like a flavorful cheddar or its ilk as the more satisfying choice. 88/100 Points

2011 Aleksander, Paso Robles -- Rife with ripe cherries and getting a big lift from sweet oak in the nose, this deep and impressively stuffed young Merlot toes the line nicely in terms of structure and balance and never gives in to excess. It hints here and there at a bit of vanilla and tea-leaf complexity, and its tendency to suppleness is tempered by fine mix of tannin and firming acidity. It tightens up in the latter going just now, but never once loses sight of energetic young fruit, and it shows lots of promise for good things with age. 90/100 Points
 

SUNSET MAGAZINE -- Sara Schneider

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles – A decadent new Merlot blend from the family of L.A. Lakers star Sasha Vujacic. Pepper, earth and spice balance vibrant ripe berries, with forest notes and a serious tannin structure.

BOOZEHOUNDZ -- Michael Cervin

2011 Aleksander, Paso Robles — For a children’s story, wine doesn’t make a good central character or theme. Kids’ books are better suited to things like James and the Giant Peach, not Mike and the Mammoth Merlot. But as a story, S&G Estate has a good one. Owners Goran and Ksenija Bjekovic first met while playing volleyball for Yugoslavia’s national team. Their son, Sasha Vujacic, two-time NBA Champion and former Lakers star, began his athletic career in Italy where Goran and Ksenija also began a love affair with wine. And now from their property in Paso Robles comes this Bordeaux beauty; as sleek and focused as an athlete but not a steroid driven maniac. The 2011 Aleksander is 80 percent Merlot and 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. This luscious wine spent18 months sitting in French, Serbian and Romanian oak barrels. It’s as smooth as silk with notes of black cherry, rhubarb, black berry and boysenberry, a proper acidity you don’t often get from Merlot and spicy cedar and vanilla. Paso wants to be known for it’s Bordeaux wines, and some are quite good, but they tend to be huge ripe fruit wines, which actually have a difficult time working with food. The Aleksander by contrast is a seamless wine, certainly one of the best I’ve had from Paso in a long time, beautifully balanced and ideal with food. So get a bottle, and tell your own story with it.  91/100 Points

MARTHASTEWART.COM -- Sarah Tracey

2010 Aleksander, Paso Robles -- A beautiful Merlot-based Bordeaux blend, this rich and complex red shows blackberry fruit with savory hints of tobacco, herbs, olive, and velvety tannins. All the fruit is sorted by hand at the Vujacic family’s estate vineyards and aged 24-30 months in French oak barrels. Throw a steak on the grill and enjoy!