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About Alban Vineyards
John Alban makes some of the most aromatically complex and explosively rich wines in the New World from traditional Rhone varieties. Since 1989 he’s worked entirely with fruit from his own superb clonal material, planted on chalk-rich hillside vineyards in Edna Valley.
90? Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2003
($85) Opaque ruby-purple. Superripe, almost porty aromas of kirsch, black licorice and baking chocolate. Densely packed, superripe and a bit high-toned, with creamy, sweet flavors of baked fruits and violet. Ultimately quite seamless and even rather elegant. Finishes slightly aggressive, with a note of hot stones.