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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.
91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013
Bright purple. Heady scents of blueberry, boysenberry and cassis, with a smoky topnote. Broad, sappy and nicely concentrated, offering sweet dark fruit flavors complemented by notes of Indian spices, olive, and bitter chocolate. A rich, deep but lively syrah that finishes spicy and long, with very soft tannins. Alban told me that this fruit was picked at a very low 21.8 Brix, in November.