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2008 Alban Vineyards Pandora Red Wine Edna Valley
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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.

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2008 Alban Vineyards Pandora Red Wine Edna Valley

Producer: Alban Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Red Blend
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Edna Valley

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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2012

(almost all grenache from "a very specific block," according to Alban; 15.9% alcohol):  Opaque ruby.  A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, incense and candied flowers, along with a smoky mineral overtone.  Juicy and precise, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness and weight with air.  Closes with impressive energy and cut, leaving mineral and floral notes behind.  This wine was aged in French oak casks, two-thirds of them new, for 38 months.  

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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