Alexander Russan started his wine import company, Alexander Jules, back in 2012 with the creation of his own barrel selected Sherry labels. Alex searches the Sherry Triangle for exceptional soleras of unique composition or circumstance, tasting each barrel in the solera, marking with chalk those he feels to be the most complex and elegant, or those that reflect the profile he would like to bring out from within that solera. All bottlings are ‘en rama’, being only gently filtered or entirely unfiltered, with no other treatments or additions.
Alex’s approach to winemaking is, first and foremost, to encourage a great wine that is representative of the time and place from which it comes from, there are no better wines to prove his approach than Vinos de Jerez.
In order to ‘feed’ his wine obsession, Alex started Metrick Wine in CA in 2015, it’s his attempt to wrap his brain around winemaking as much as one can in a single lifetime – and make fresh interesting wines along the way.
100% Palomino Fino from the Pago Macharnudo and Pago Añina vineyards.
Selected from 9 barrels, dominated by one of two different flor yeast strains. One ‘saca’ per year, Spontaneous fermentation and flor. Bottled "en rama" with a gentle 0.65 filtration to preclude flor development in bottle. No SO2, fining or cold stabilization. 1,000 bottled in Spring 2017
100% Palomino Fino from Tosca Cerrada Albariza soils adjacent to the Guadalquivir river, with an especially cool, humid climate for the region. Aged 18 years (9 under flor) and a continuation of the Alexander Jules Manzanilla 8/41 Solera. Spontaneous fermentation and flor. Bottled "en rama" with a gentle 0.65 filtration to preclude flor development in bottle. No SO2, fining or cold stabilization. 1,000 bottled in Spring of 2015