Free Tasting of French Wines from Alexander Vineyards

5-22-2015 – 5pm – 8pm at East End Wines –

1209 Rosewood Ave., 78702

At Alexander Vineyards we produce wines that are classic expressions of the regions in which they are made. We produce four true Champagnes, five still wines from Bordeaux, and a Riesling from Germany.  In the next two years, we plan on featuring a portfolio of 40-45 wines from around the world.  Plans of growing our own grapes and producing our own Texas wines are in the works.  We believe it’s about the quality of wines produced no matter if the grapes are grown in Texas of half-way around the world.

Alexander Vineyards Riesling 2011 – 18.57 – Bernkastel, Mosel, Germany. Our grapes are grown on the steep slopes of the Middle Mosel region of Germany near the town of Bernkastel.  Classified as a Spätlese, this wine is lean, acidic, and full-bodied with a short finish which makes it the perfect pairing with Asian cuisine, especially Thai. Early harvest in 2011. Extended hang time from early warmth. Expressive.

Bordeaux Wines – Bordeaux, located along the Gironde River in south eastern France, is the largest wine growing region in the country.  It is the only region in France that produces red, white, and sweet wines, and we are proud to showcase all three.

Alexander Vineyards White Graves 2012 – 25.57 – 55% Semillon, 45% Sauvignon Blanc. Spends 8 months on the lees. Food Pairing: scallops, goat cheese, extremely versatile food wine. Complex in character with a nice balance of fruit, spices and floral notes. Lovely conditions. Fleshy and juicy versus raciness of 2011.

Alexander Vineyards Bordeaux Rosé 2013 – 16.57 – 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot. “pressurage direct” method. Food Pairing: turkey, crab, BBQ. Small, but high quality. Cold, hail, rain, rot. Easier to pick reds early and make rosé.

Alexander Vineyards Red Graves 2011 – 30.57 – 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ages 12-14 months in new and old French oak barrels. Food Pairing: beef wellington, dark chocolate, gruyere. Complicated. Summer in spring, spring in summer, summer again in fall. Abundant fruit, firm acidity. Good concentration.

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Bodega Edetària Vinya d’Irto Garnatxa Blanca 2012 – 14.57 – Catlunya, Tarragona, Terra Alta: Fine and elegant aroma with distinct fruit and floral notes and hints of citric. Fresh and silky, with a soft and persistent end. Three months on the lees (spent yeast from fermentation) gives it a great creamy texture. We brought in a big chunk to drive down the price. It used to be $3 more.

Bodegas Aguiuncho Mar de Ons Albarino 2012 – 18.57 – – The difference in diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, buffeted by sea breezes slows maturation, maintains acidity and especially increases aromas. The salinity of the water increases the sugars. These vineyards produce excellent quality grapes, rich in tones. The aromas are fruity and floral, fine and distinguished. The nose has good intensity: aromatic herbs such as bay, mint, light notes of aniseed and balsamic vinegar; with apple and citrus fruit notes; a mineral base of slate.

Bodegas Solar de UrbezoDance del Mar 2011 – 12.57 – 50 Tempranillo, 50 Merlot. Cariñena, Aragon – Nose shows cherries and other red fruit, smoke, slight herbs and floral, licorice. Smooth on the palate with black pepper, green pepper, red fruit and floral notes. Pepper and red fruit on the finish. Medium acidity. Body and mouthfeel is excellent. Juicy, light, bright, some mineral backbone, cocoa, cherry. Great QPR, had almost disappeared, and then got a WS 90 in 2005, bounced back. Very fruity, with berries & dark cherries, soft & elegant tannins. Clean finish. Great with charcuterie like smoked terrines, game, red meats, roasts, and cheeses. A Robert Parker darling as well and still we like it (clocks in right at 14% alcohol).

Convent Carmen Seleccion Jumilla 2006 – 13.57 – Deep and dark wine from Southern Spain. Dried floral, tomato leaf, and cherry on the nose, goes into black fruit like blackberry and plum on the palate, light nuttiness at the close. Savory, rich. Syrah, Merlot, and Monastrell (Mourvedre). Prolonged maceration in stainless before aging in European oak. Aromatic, meaty, pretty intense.

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Atlas Cumbres Torrontes 2014 – 12.97 – (Cafayate – Salta) – Stainless steel tank fermentation with temperatures under 64 degrees. No Malolactic, no contact with wood. Good value. Peach, white floral – honeysuckle, bracing mineral focuses fruit. Fresh on the palate, nice and light.

Atlas Cumbres Malbec 2013 – 12.97 – Lujan de Cuyo. Planted 1906, 1930, 1995, 2007. High altitude. Hoping to get by Friday – Bright, fresh, clean. Like the acid. Tangy. 30% in oak, for only 3-5 months, drinks like a Joven, Brambly blackberry. Good deal. Jam and berries, persistent finish.

Henry LaGarde Malbec 2013 – 17.57 – Hoping to get by Friday – Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. Planted 1906, 1930, 1995. More depth, more everything. 10 months 80% French, 20% American oak, 50% new. Like the depth and more tarry concentration. 13.9%. Full without being overdone. Ripe red fruit. Soft vanilla, chocolate, smoke on the nose. Balanced, ripe tannins.

Henry LaGarde Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – 17.57 – Substitute for Malbec – Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza. Planted 1992, 1993, 1998, 2003. Light on its feet, with some light herbal without being pyrazine heavy. 6 months at least in bottle before release. Same oak regimen as other reds in the same line, 50% sees oak barrels for 8-10 months, 80% French, 20% American. Good stuff. Can outclass some other offerings at this price point. Black fruits, spices, tobacco, mint on the nose. Structured and lengthy.

Henry LaGarde Guarda Blend 2012 – 25.57 – (Malbec 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Merlot 20%, Syrah 10%). Good deal, well blended, round, pretty. Like the Syrah spice. Planted 1906, 1992, 1993, and 1998. Higher altitude. 100% of the wine is aged in oak, 12 months in French barrels. Complex nose, ripe red fruit. Spice, tobacco, smoke. Palate brings well-integrated tannins, smooth structure.