2007 Alban - Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard 750ml

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WA 95-97   WS 94  
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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95-97

The 2007 Grenache, of which there will be 250 six-packs, is right up there with the compelling Grenaches of Sine Qua Non. Stunning kirsch liqueur, floral notes, loamy soil, forest floor, and spice box are all present in the highly complex, rich, full-bodied, powerful Grenache. I am sure it's high in alcohol, although certainly none can be detected in the mouth, and the cascade of fruit and richness are remarkable. This is a stunner that should prove to be one of the finest Grenaches John Alban has made. It should also drink well for at least a decade.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 190

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Dense, rich and meaty, this is full-throttle and rustic, with tiers of chewy blackberry, wild berry, loamy earth, ginger bread, underbrush, sage, cedar, tobacco and black licorice flavors. Ends with firm, chewy tannins

Drink Dates: 2011-2022
Author: James Laube

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Average rating: 95, based on 2 reviews
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53 bottles owned by 22 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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