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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.
95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008
($145) Opaque purple. Compelling aromas of blueberry, mulberry, graphite, cracked pepper, cola and incense are utterly room-filling. Sappy, palate-saturating dark berry flavors possess liqueur-like depth and texture but are shockingly lithe and precise. Whatever tannins are here (and you know they are) are completely absorbed by lush fruit. Tangy minerals arrive with air and carry through the strikingly fresh and palate-staining finish. One to buy, if you can find and afford it. This spent 40 months in barrel.