2006 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley/ Red / Grenache   |     Watch

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Rating: 95
Author: Red Sox Fan
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.

Rating: 95
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/05/2014
Drink Dates: 2010-2025

Rating: 96
Author: jjstrand
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/29/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2025

Rating: 96
Author: WinePimpstress
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 04/10/2010

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Rating: 94
Author: biggsy
Trust Rating: 100
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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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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