International Wine Cellar | 91-93
($56; 16.5% alcohol; tasted from tank prior to bottling) Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black cherry and black raspberry. Large-scaled and utterly mouthfilling, with a wonderful chocolatey richness leavened by ripe acidity. In fact, this huge wine offers surprising mid-palate delineation offlavor for its outsized ripeness. Finishes with very ripe tannins and excellent length. "It was critical to eliminate the raisins," noted Alban. Indeed, as extravagantly ripe as this is, it's not at all cooked. There's very little grenache from elsewhere inCaliforniawith the saturation of color of Alban's fruit.
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Drink Dates: 2006-2015
Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Deep purple with thin, quite dark legs. Powerful aromas of licorice, black fruits, some pine, stone, and chalk. Sturdy and thick fruit ? mouthcoating and viscous. Excellent length with even more strength on the finish than usual. Good acidity levels and loads of tannin buttress the wine?s impressive concentration. This wine has power in spades but needs more dexterity in order to achieve a higher level of quality. A 75% Grenache/25% Syrah blend that was aged in French oak (75% new) for 18 months before being put into glass without filtering. Shockingly, the winery claims that they received a mere .18 tons per acre yield in this vintage.