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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.
93-96 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2007
(scheduled to be bottled in December 2008, too) Inky purple. Brooding blackberry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by Asian spices, vanilla and licorice. Broad and sweet, with forceful raspberry and boysenberry flavors, youthful tannic grip and an explosive, palate-staining finish. There's serious weight and concentration here, but admirable vivacity too.