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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.
92 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012
Inky purple. Classic syrah aromas of black and blue fruits, cracked pepper, olive tapenade and violet, with a spicy overtone. Concentrated and chewy in texture, offering sappy cassis and blueberry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The spicy note returns on the long, smooth, focused finish. Shows nice complexity now but this syrah should age well on its energy.