2003 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard 750ml

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WA 95   IWC 91-93   WS 93   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

Alban's 2003 Grenache (100% Grenache) tips the scales at 16.2% alcohol. Kirsch liqueur interwoven with flamboyant aromas of smoke, black currants, raspberries, and herbs jump from the glass of this beauty. With fabulous concentration, superb purity, and an opulent, dense, chewy finish, this stunning Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike should drink well for a decade or more.

Drink Dates: 2006-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 166

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91-93

($56; 16.5% alcohol; tasted from tank prior to bottling) Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black cherry and black raspberry. Large-scaled and utterly mouthfilling, with a wonderful chocolatey richness leavened by ripe acidity. In fact, this huge wine offers surprising mid-palate delineation offlavor for its outsized ripeness. Finishes with very ripe tannins and excellent length. "It was critical to eliminate the raisins," noted Alban. Indeed, as extravagantly ripe as this is, it's not at all cooked. There's very little grenache from elsewhere inCaliforniawith the saturation of color of Alban's fruit.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 121

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Dark-hued, with a complex mix of wild berry, blackberry, herb, tar, white pepper and violet scents, which carry over to the palate. The tannins are firm and chewy, with hints of spice and nuts. Finishes with a long, rich aftertaste. 118 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 62
Tasted On: 10/08/2012
Drink Dates: 2006-2015

Rating: 92
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Deep purple with thin, quite dark legs. Powerful aromas of licorice, black fruits, some pine, stone, and chalk. Sturdy and thick fruit ? mouthcoating and viscous. Excellent length with even more strength on the finish than usual. Good acidity levels and loads of tannin buttress the wine?s impressive concentration. This wine has power in spades but needs more dexterity in order to achieve a higher level of quality. A 75% Grenache/25% Syrah blend that was aged in French oak (75% new) for 18 months before being put into glass without filtering. Shockingly, the winery claims that they received a mere .18 tons per acre yield in this vintage.

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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115 bottles owned by 84 collectors.

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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.

Wine Varietal: Grenache

One of the most widely planted varieties in the world, Grenache is most well known as the base variety in wines from the Southern Rhone, such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes-du-Rhone, and Gigondas. Grenache thrives in hot, arid climates all over the world particularly in the Mediterranean and Australia. Its origin is believed to be the Roussillon region of southern France (formerly Spain - where it is grown today and is known as Garnacha). Grenache is used in blends to round out Rhone-style reds to soften harsher varieties such as Syrah and Carignan. It is also used for rose wines. Typical descriptors for Grenache include raspberries, strawberries. black currants, black cherries, black olives, coffee, gingerbread, honey, leather, black pepper, tar, and herbes de Provence.

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