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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.
94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2007
($74) Inky purple. Explosively perfumed nose displays an exotic array of red and dark berry preserves, candied flowers and incense. Deep and chewy, with concentrated blackberry and licorice flavors. Supple tannins provide a gentle framework but this is dominated by its remarkable depth of sweet fruit today. Alban aged this in 75% new French oak, but I don't find a trace of it. When I mentioned that I have found recent vintages of this wine to have an almost syrah-like character, Alban responded that "since 2000, there's no question that the grenache here has become more powerful, probably due to the increased maturity of the vines."