October 3, 2011

Alex Elman Wines

I was recently given the opportunity to taste some new wines from Alex Elman. Alex is a wine insider who spent many years in the wine business before setting out to make her own wines in 2009. She is also the self-labeled, "Blind Wine Chick," having lost her sight due to a complication from diabetes.

The Elman wines are all made from vineyards in the Mendoza wine region in western Argentina and are crafted with non-interventionist practices. Elman believes in wines that are "true to the soil and climate of their places of origin." Organic grapes from sustainably farmed vineyards are used in each of the four wines.
The 2010 Alex Elman Torrontes, a grape variety indigenous to Argentina, shows a nearly-translucent yellow in the glass. It smells like spring; scents of white flowers and peaches. The palate shows a good deal of tropical fruit, think pineapple kissed with a healthy dose of palate cleansing acidity. The wine comes in at 12.8% alcohol, which is quite low by today's standard. It's a nice wine; a wine that would be great on a hot summer day alongside some grilled shrimp.
I also sampled the 2010 Malbec. Malbec has historically been used as a blending grape in Bordeaux and Argentina. More recently, Malbec has been used as a stand-alone varietal in Argentine wine. Malbec produces brawny, tannic wine that matches well with rich, hearty foods. Elman's rendition here fits this model; it is a Malbec worth a look in the sub $15 price range. A wine that could age a bit, too.

I received these wines as samples from The Thomas Collective.

1 comment:

  1. Those were pretty good wines for the price, for sure.