Accolades

REVIEWS

 

 

2010 ALEKSANDER

 

CALIFORNIA GRAPEVINE

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 Points

 

ANTONIO GALLONI VINOUS

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 Points

 

WINEREVIEWONLINE.COM

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 Points

 

SUNSET MAGAZINE

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. - Sara Schneider

 

MARTHASTEWART.COM

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! - Sarah Tracey

 

 

2010 ALEKSANDER RESERVE

 

THE TASTING PANEL

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 Points

 

ANTONIO GALLONI VINOUS

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+ Points

 

WINE ENTHUSIAST

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 Points

 

WINE SPECTATOR

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 Cabernet Sauvignon. 300 cases made. 

90 Points

 

WINEREVIEWONLINE.COM

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 Points

 

CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE to CALIFORNIA WINE

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 Points

 

 

2011 ALEKSANDER

 

WINE ENTHUSIAST

From a label owned by former L.A. Laker Sasha Vujacic, this Merlot-dominant wine delivers aromas of bricks, dust, black cherries, dried oregano and cedar, the sense of ripe but serious fruit lingering in the background. The energetic, grippy palate is reminiscent of Vietnamese coffee—creamy yet properly bitter, rich and flavorful—with blueberry and tart blackberry fruit proving lush and welcoming.

95 Points

 

THE TASTING PANEL

Smooth and lush with silky texture and juicy plum; earthy, dense and spicy; long and generous, balanced and elegant.

92 Points

 

ANTONIO GALLONI VINOUS

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 Points

 

CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE to CALIFORNIA WINE

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 Points

 

BOOZEHOUNDZ -- Michael Cervin

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 Points

 

 

2011 ALEKSANDER RESERVE

 

WINE ENTHUSIAST

Former L.A. Laker Sasha Vujacic presents aromas of cooked black plums, mission figs, black currants, uncrushed peppercorns and leather on this reserve bottling. It spent 30 months in the barrel, six more than the estate bottling. The palate offers more plums and tarter plum skin along with bay leaf, oregano and thyme.

94 Points

 

 

COMPETITIONS

 

 

2010 ALEKSANDER

 

2014 SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

Platinum, 98 Points

 

2014 CRITICS CHALLENGE

Gold, 92 Points

 

2014 DALLAS MORNING NEWS / TEXSOM

Gold

 

 

2010 ALEKSANDER RESERVE

 

2014 SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

Platinum, 95 Points

 

2014 CRITICS CHALLENGE

Platinum, 94 Points

 

 

2011 ALEKSANDER

 

2014 SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

Gold, 93 Points

 

2015 NEW YORK WORLD WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION

Double Gold

 

 

2011 ALEKSANDER RESERVE

 

2015 NEW YORK WORLD WINE & SPIRITS COMPETITION

Double Gold