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2004 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard 750ml
2004 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley
Red / Grenache
2004 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 128

($74) Deep medium ruby. Exotic nose combines dark cherry, truffle, printer's ink, toffee and mocha. Fleshy, sweet and superconcentrated, with a distinctly carnal quality to the flavors of raspberry, truffle and licorice. Impressively lush and broad on the back, finishing with suave tannins and terrific persistence. A very complete and deep California grenache.

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WA
99

Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 212

We should all be happy about this as the 2004 Grenache is easily one of the top examples of the variety I've tasted from California. Flirting with perfection and reminding me of Clos Saint Jean's Deus Ex Machina from Chateauneuf du Pape (despite being 100% Grenache and having no Mourvedre in the blend), it will easily stand toe to toe with the greatest southern Rhones out there. Sporting a semi-opaque, youthful ruby color, it offers spectacular aromas and flavors of smoked black cherries, melted licorice, graphite, smoked meats and roasted herbs that continue to evolve and gain in richness and depth with time in the glass. Full-bodied and decadent, yet far from a heavyweight, it is graceful and lively on the palate with no hard edges, perfect balance and a seamless, elegant profile that shows only hints of maturity. When all is said and done, this incredible wine will have 20-25 years of total evolution, and hats off to John for this awesome effort.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Superrich and exotic. A sheer delight to drink, with loads of flavor. Wonderful incense, anise, wild berry and huckleberry fruit is ripe and vivid, with just the right amount of acidity and tannins. Ends with a medley of berry and road tar. 100 cases made.

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