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2006 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard Grenache - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley - Red

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USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley

Red Grenache
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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... More »

Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2025 VF: 2008-2016

Author David W294
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 58.432%
Tasted On 12/28/2015
Drink Dates 2010-2025
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Author Red Sox Fan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 01/03/2015
Drink Dates 2010-2020

An extraordinary wine, but IMHO too much of a good thing. Huge, concentrated, silky and sweet with red fruits and pepper. The high alcohol level was apparent on the finish. The rating reflects the first few sips. I am a fan of big California wines, but a second glass was too much for me.

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Author jjstrand
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 12/29/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2025
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Author WinePimpstress
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.333%
Tasted On 04/10/2010
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Author biggsy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.828%
Tasted On 09/24/2009

Dense, dark lustrous purple. Amazing, intensely aromatic nose. Sweet, almost sugary fruit; kirsch, blackcurrant, liquorice and a little spice from the oak. Rich, velvety full body, good acidity and smooth sweet tannins. Overwhelming sweet fruits on the palate, long and lingering cassis with spicy pepper and rich leathery chocolate on the very long finish. It's excellent, but I'm not sure I could drink much of it.

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