2005 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley/ Red / Grenache
2005 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
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($74) Inky purple. Explosively perfumed nose displays an exotic array of red and dark berry preserves, candied flowers and incense. Deep and chewy, with concentrated blackberry and licorice flavors. Supple tannins provide a gentle framework but this is dominated by its remarkable depth of sweet fruit today. Alban aged this in 75% new French oak, but I don't find a trace of it. When I mentioned that I have found recent vintages of this wine to have an almost syrah-like character, Alban responded that "since 2000, there's no question that the grenache here has become more powerful, probably due to the increased maturity of the vines."

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Score: 96
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/09/2014
Drink Dates: 2007-2025
Still was fantastic. Plenty of life left.
Score: 98
Author: dfn76
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/04/2012
Drink Dates: 2010-2014
Score: 96
Author: jjstrand
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/29/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2020
Score: 95
Author: Brad Coelho
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/18/2008
Drink Dates: 04/01/2008
Site Blog: Unidentified Appellation Black as night, perhaps because the Syrah portion of the blend lets its hues do the talking, bringing a saturated dimension that I almost never seen in Grenache dominated wines. I can'thelp but be reminded by a Christophe Baron Syrah as I stick my nose into this concentrated, seething monster of a red. Explosive arrays of charred lard, pepper, grilled herbs, violet, blackberry liqueur, melted licorice and road tar detonate in this haunting, almost freakish concoction. Much like a stocky physique in 'big and tall man? attire, this is yet another Alban that holds its lofty alcohol admirably. For fans of powerful, authoritative and flawlessly textured Rhone Rangers, this is a rare gem (thanks to some astronomically low yields) that you can'tafford to miss.
Score:
Author: Jenn
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/30/2007
Drink Dates: 2007-2016

About This Producer


Alban Vineyards is a California wine estate producing various Rhone style blends and varietal wine. The winery is located in Edna Valley, near Arroyo Grande in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County.

Starting in 1985, John Alban planted grapes for other people until he bought an estate in 1989. With a focus on creating wines made from Rhone Valley varieties, Alban became one of the pioneers in the Rhone Rangers movement, and is considered one of the most influential American Rhone producers.

Within a 250-acre (100 ha) area, the vineyard area extends 60 acres (24 ha), and is planted with varieties Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. Grenache and Roussanne are also sourced from vineyards located in the warmer Paso Robles AVA.

Among the vineyard designate wines produced are the Lorraine Vineyard, Reva Vineyard Syrah and Seymour's Vineyard Syrah. Alban also produces Pandora, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, and a botrytized dessert wine.

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