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2010 Alban Vineyards Viognier Alban Estate Vineyard 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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2010 Alban Vineyards Viognier Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley

Producer: Alban Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Viognier
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2011

Bright gold.  Deeply pitched aromas of orange pith, poached pear, iodine and salty minerals.  Palate-staining orchard and pit fruit flavors show an almost viscous texture and but are nicely enlivened by juicy acidity.  Becomes spicier with air, displaying serious intensity but also surprising energy for a wine carrying 15.8% alcohol.  Closes on a stony note, with strong finishing cut and sappy persistence.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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Viognier

Emerging from the tiny appellation of Condrieu in the northern Rhone, Viognier has become a rising star in California vineyards, as our American palates have evolved to appreciate more aromatic white wines. Still, the most desired bottlings of Viognier continue to come from Condrieu, a region just south of the city of Lyon. Centuries of cultivation here have taught producers how to...
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