2006 Alban - Viognier Estate 750ml

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IWC 92   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($42) Pale gold. Deeper and richer on the nose than the Central Coast bottling, with a brooding peach liqueur quality and a smoky, nutty character. A chewy, dense viognier with ripe pear and yellow peach flavors complicated by bitter apricot pit and apple core qualities. A masculine, broad-shouldered style, with impressive finishing persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 92
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 08/08/2012
Drink Dates: 2009-2012

Rating: 92
Author: minfolio
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 12/17/2008
closest cali viognier to condrieu i've tasted

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Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

165 bottles owned by 104 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: Viognier


Viognier possesses highly floral aromatics, a bouquet of fresh stone fruits, and low acid levels. While its golden hue and perfumed fragrance are distinctive, Viognier's creamy texture and richness are strikingly similar to Chardonnay. Finer Viogniers (such as Chateau Grillet and Condrieu in the Northern Rhone) possess the ability to age for decades. Viognier is also used for its fragrance and color when blended with Syrah. Typical descriptors for Viognier include honeysuckle, acacia, fruit blossoms, peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine, hay, anise, and mint.

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