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2002 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard 750ml
2002 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley
Red / Grenache
2002 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 154

The 2002 Grenache (15% Syrah is included in the blend), which I tasted several days after bottling, is absolutely remarkable. The problem is, there is virtually no production as the crop size was minuscule (.6 tons of fruit per acre). This wine, which is destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts in open-topped fermenters, and is both punched down and pumped over, may be the finest Grenache the Albans have yet produced. Classic aromas of raspberries, kirsch liqueur, and hints of blackberries, anise, and loamy soil soar from the glass of this dense purple-colored Grenache (one of the blackest I have ever seen). Tipping the scales at 15.3% alcohol, this monumental Grenache is a tribute to just how great this varietal can be in Edna Valley. It should drink well for 10-12 years or more. Most of these wines are sold via Alban's mailing list, so if you love Rhone Ranger wines, it's time to enjoy these remarkable offerings.

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94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Superrich and concentrated, with a wealth of flavor, stretching out from espresso, huskleberry, currant, leather and beef carpaccio, accented by hints of vanilla, sage and dusty berry, ending with a long, intense, fully tannic aftertaste, but in the end it's the fruit that surges to the forefront. 150 cases made.

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Community Reviews

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David W294 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 03/16/2012 Drink Dates:

Definitely beyond peak, but still tasty

95

Juan K Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 10/25/2011

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