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2005 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard 750ml
2005 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley
Red / Grenache
2005 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
94

International Wine Cellar Author: Josh Raynolds Issue: Issue 135

($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."

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WA
96

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 172

The outstanding 2005 Grenache (a whopping 260 six-bottle cases produced) includes about 15% Syrah in the blend. More structured, restrained, and backward than either the 2004 or 2006, the 2005 possesses plenty of tannin along with enormous quantities of black cherry and blackberry fruit, medium to full body, good acidity, and a long, fresh finish. I am not a great believer in aging California Grenache for more than 10-12 years, but this cuvee may run the path effectively. In fact, it probably needs several years of bottle age in order to resolve some of its tannin.

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WS
93

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Smoke, tar, wild berry and dried currant provide a dense, meaty core of flavor, with some hefty tannins. This clearly requires time and patience. 300 cases made.

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Community Reviews

96

David W294 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 04/09/2014 Drink Dates: 2007-2025

Still was fantastic. Plenty of life left.

98

dfn76 Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 02/04/2012 Drink Dates: 2010-2014

96

jjstrand Trust Rating: 93 Tasted On: 12/29/2010 Drink Dates: 2007-2020

95

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.

Jenn Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 06/30/2007 Drink Dates: 2007-2016

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