Monday, May 16, 2011

Alex Elman Wines

I received these wines as a sample. Alex Elman has an interesting story. She started off working for Perrier-Jouet, but lost her eyesight from diabetes when she was in her late 20's. That only intensified her sense of smell, and she started out a business sourcing wines and selling them in her own label. As a result, she now has the first wine bottles that I've ever seen that come complete with Braile on the label. Both of these wines retail for around $12-$15. 

The Chardonnay wasn't really to my liking; I believe that it went through a fair amount of maloactic fermentation, and although it apparently saw no time in wood at all, featured lots of buttery citrus flavors. Not particularly intriguing unfortunately. For the price, I think there are lots of better white wines out there. D+

The Cabernet fared better. Juicy, with lots of fruit forward cassis, blackberry and plums, framed by a tannic structure. Unfortunately, I think for the price you could do better. One only has to peruse the aisles of Costco for 5 minutes to come up with a similarly priced Cab from Argentina or Chile that has a lot more fireworks. C

1 comment:

UGA Wino said...

Love your blog! Just an FYI, the wines from Chapoutier have had Braille labels going back to at least the early 90s when I started following them.

Bill Rosich