Overview of the Wine
We believe that a family’s bond is the strongest bond of all. As our family made the journey to Los Angeles, we inherited a passion for wine and crafted it into a love that has become a treasured family business.
Our journey began in Slovenia, a country recognized in the wine industry for its distinctive ability to produce quality wines of all kinds. In Slovenia, Goran and his wife Ksenija played volleyball professionally, while their eldest son, Aleksander ‘Sasha’ was beginning his basketball career. With a plan to eventually leave Slovenia in search of better opportunities, the family moved to Italy, where Sasha signed a professional contract at the young age of 15. When the family made its move to Friuli Venezia Giulia, Goran felt inspired with the rich, fruity wines of Livio Felluga, among others. As Goran continued to cultivate his passion, he began sharing it with Sasha. Together they hoped to one day make a wine of their own.
In 2009, while Sasha was helping the Lakers to what would become a championship season, Goran and Ksenija focused their time on finding the perfect piece of land where the family would establish their very own winery. After finding what is now S&G Estate, the whole family joined efforts to create a World-class wine. Thus, Aleksander is far more than a perfectly balanced Bordeaux blend – it is the accumulation of an endearing passion and collective family commitment to establish an everlasting tradition.
Grape / Blend
62% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Paso Robles, California
The 2014 Aleksander could perhaps be our most food-friendly blend yet. It delivers a pleasantly mild, yet mouthwatering and juicy core of black cherry, plum and mulberry, supported by elegant oak aroma and structure. On the nose it offers inviting notes of tobacco and leather and finishes gently with a hint of fresh mint. This wine can pair with virtually anything in the meat or fowl category. From barbecue chicken and grilled rib eye to robust lamb shank or pork chop.
95 Points - 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.
Product size: 750ml