2005 Alban - Roussanne Estate 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley/ White / Roussanne
2005 Alban - Roussanne Estate
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($44) Yellow-gold. Vibrant floral honey and spiced pear on the nose, with a suave beeswax quality adding depth. Firm and dry, offering focused pear skin and dried apple flavors, with a bright mineral lift to the finish. This gained weight and sweetness with air but maintained energy and focus.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Score: 92
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 09/23/2010
Drink Dates: 2009-2018
Score:
Author: Jenn
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 06/30/2007
Drink Dates: 2007-2011

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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