Rating: 97Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Pandora Grenache displays a tantalizing perfume of cherry pie, raspberry preserves, rose hip tea, potpourri and cinnamon stick with hints of white pepper, lavender, black olives and underbrush. Full-bodied and laden with red and black fruit coulis and baking spice layers, it has a firm, appealing chew to the texture and wonderfully savory layers coming through on the long finish.Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Rating: 96(raised in new 300-liter French oak barrels) Brilliant violet. Deep-pitched cherry and red berry liqueur aromas are complicated by suggestions of exotic Indian spices, minerals and floral oils, accompanied by cola and mocha notes that build in the background. Fleshy and alluringly sweet, offering deeply concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that are sharpened and given lift by a core of juicy acidity. Finishes alluringly sweet, minerally and extremely long; smooth tannins arrive late to add shape and gentle grip. - Josh Raynolds
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2019-2019Author: Andrew
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.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 70 bottles owned
- 17 collectors