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Alban Vineyards

Alban Vineyards’ is the first American winery and vineyard established exclusively for Rhone Varieties. Conceived at a time when there were virtually only two “flavors” of wine produced in the U.S., they set out to introduce wine grapes that would offer enophiles a new world of possibilities. Pioneering Roussanne, Grenache Noir, and Viognier to go along with meticulously selected clones of Syrah; Alban Vineyards has guided consumers and producers to the enormous potential of “Rhones” in California.
 
2013 Alban Central Coast Viognier Pris: 240,00 DKK
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The straight 2013 Viognier Central Coast is a smoking value. Mostly from estate grapes (this is the last vintage that will include non-estate gapes) and aged 8-9 months on lees, in tank, it offers classic Alban richness and texture, with plenty of white flowers, tangerine and buttery citrus aromas and flavors emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, decadent and rich, with a blockbuster, heady finish, enjoy it over the coming couple of years. 
 
This is another incredible lineup by Rhone superstar John Alban. For the life of me, I can’t understand why no one else in the Edna Valley tries to make wine anywhere close to this level of quality.
 
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2014 Alban Central Coast Viognier Pris: 230,00 DKK
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While labeled as the Central Coast release, the 2014 Viognier comes all from estate fruit in 2014 and going forward. It has been, and remains, one of the great values in Viognier from California. Giving up lots of ripe peach, flowers and exotic honey, it's rich, unctuous and concentrated on the palate, with fabulous purity. It's already a terrific drink, but will continue to impress for several years.
 
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2016 Alban Central Coast Viognier Pris: 230,00 DKK
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2014 Alban Rousanne Estate Pris: 480,00 DKK
Another terrific barrel sample is the 2014 Roussanne Estate. Its light gold color is followed by classic, medium to full-bodied notes of orchard fruits, toasted bread, pineapple and crushed rock.I love its purity, and its overall balance should allow it to age for a decade, even though the safe bet is to drink them in their youth.
 
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2014 Alban North Chardonnay Pris: 450,00 DKK
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John Alban laver ca. 200 kasser af hans North Pinot og Chardonnay så det er ikke meget der lander udenfor USA.
 
2014 North Pinot Noir Pris: 600,00 DKK
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The finest vintage to date, the 2014 Pinot Noir is flat out awesome. Completely destemmed, fermented and aged in 50% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, it's locked and loaded with notions of black raspberries, spring flowers, spice and violets. These notions give way to a full-bodied, incredibly pure and layered Pinot Noir that has terrific tannin quality and a great finish. Drink this seriously good Pinot over the coming 7-8 years, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it keep for longer.
 
While they come from his estate vineyards in Edna Valley, John Alban releases his non Rhone-based releases under his North label.
 
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2015 North Pinot Noir Pris: 600,00 DKK
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Leading off the reds, the 2015 Pinot Noir should be another beautiful wine released under the North label. Elegant and complex aromatically, with lots of baking spices, cumin and celery seed, it has a rocking core of fruit, lots of floral overtones, medium to full-bodied richness and an overriding sense of elegance. It will shine out of the gate, yet evolve nicely.
 
While they come from his estate vineyards in Edna Valley, John Alban releases his non Rhone-based releases under his North label.
 
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2013, Alban Patrina Pris: 500,00 DKK
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The 1,080 case 2013 Syrah Patrina, which is the entry level Syrah, sees a higher temperature during fermentation and roughly 20 days on skins, with periodic punch downs. Aged 22 months in two-thirds new French oak, it trumps most estates grand vin. Showing the forward, plush, sweetly fruited style of all of the 2013s here, with notes of smoked meats, violets, caramelized black cherries and cassis, with its oak component pushed all the way into the background, drink this full-bodied, pure, seamless Syrah through 2023.
 
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2014, Alban Patrina Pris: 500,00 DKK
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The inky colored 2014 Patrina is a sensational wine and readers looking to check out the Alban style need to latch onto bottles. Cassis, blackcurrants, scorched earth, charcoal and dark chocolate all emerge from the glass, and it’s voluptuous, sexy and layered on the palate. It's as approachable as they come from John, but that still means it will keep for a decade or more.
 
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2011, Alban Reva Pris: 1.000,00 DKK
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All of the 2011 Syrahs will be in bottle by the time you read this. The 2011 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard offers a cool-climate, pretty and perfumed style to go with lots of pepper, violets, iodine and dark fruits, with just a hint of vanilla and oak. Full-bodied, fresh and lively, with bright acidity and fine tannin, it's a Northern Rhone look-alike that will have 15-20 years of longevity.
 
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2012, Alban Reva Syrah Pris: 1.500,00 DKK
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There are 750 cases (which means good yields for John, although any normal person would call 1.5-1.75 tons per acre financial suicide) of the 2012 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard, and it's a terrific vintage for this cuvee. Elegant, pretty, even finesse driven, with its classic marine and salty bouquet of smoke, purple fruits, olives and violets, this full-bodied Syrah has no hard edges, integrated acidity and a great finish. It's reasonably approachable now, but deserves 2-4 years of cellaring.
 
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2013, Alban Reva Syrah Pris: 1.200,00 DKK
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The 2013 Syrah Reva sports an inky color as well as notes of crème de cassis, charred earth, licorice, wood smoke and just hints of the classic iodine and seaweed character that really defines this cuvee. Supple, seamless, silky and opulent, with sweet, sweet tannin and a silky finish. It shows more and more spice with time in the glass, is incredibly polished, layered and balanced. Drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
 
97 Jeb Dunnuck
2013, Alban Reva Syrah magnum Pris: 3.000,00 DKK
The 2013 Syrah Reva sports an inky color as well as notes of crème de cassis, charred earth, licorice, wood smoke and just hints of the classic iodine and seaweed character that really defines this cuvee. Supple, seamless, silky and opulent, with sweet, sweet tannin and a silky finish. It shows more and more spice with time in the glass, is incredibly polished, layered and balanced. Drink it anytime over the coming 15-20 years.
 
97 Jeb Dunnuck
2011, Forsythe "The Mason" mourvedre Pris: 1.000,00 DKK
A wine that certainly didn't suffer from the cooler weather (which is shocking given Mourvedre affinity for warmth), the 2011 Forsythe (Mourvedre) is a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah and 30% Grenache. Blueberry, blackberry, ground herbs, graphite, cured meats and violets all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated, layered and fresh 2011. While already complex, it will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age.
 
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2012 Alban Forsythe Mourvedre Pris: 1.000,00 DKK
2012 Alban Pandora Grenache Pris: 4.000,00 DKK
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A perfect wine any way you look at it, the utterly profound 2012 Pandora is 100% Grenache that was brought up all in barrel. Massively concentrated and textured, yet ethereal and nuanced, it offers a huge bouquet of black currants, licorice, smoked herbs, chocolate and toasted spice. Bravo to the team at Alban for this incredible, full-bodied, seamless beauty that's easily one of the greatest wines I've tasted from California.
 
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2013 Alban Pandora Pris: 4.000,00 DKK
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Similar to the classic Grenache, yet with even more polish and finesse on the palate, the 2013 Pandora is another monumental effort. Lavender, cassis, black cherry liqueur, flowers and toasted spice emerge from this huge, ethereally textured, sensationally rich Grenache that's every bit as good as the perfect 2012. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring to show at its best, and will have 20 years of overall longevity.
 
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If I had to come up with a list of the greatest wine estates in the world, Alban Vineyards would certainly be in there. Readers need to understand that this estate is an anomaly, lying at the very end of the Edna Valley, and the only estate in 50+ miles making wines of this quality. Vintages here marginally track the larger Central Coast theme, yet not always. These are singular wines. John commented that he thinks 2015 is a step down over 2012, 2013 and 2014, but that it’s better than 2011. I only tasted his whites, but like everyone else in 2015, his yields were decimated, so there’s very little of these to go around. I'll report on the reds from barrel next year. His 2014s are all terrific as well, with full-bodied, ripe, classic Alban Styles. Where this estate doesn’t track with the rest of the Central Coast is with his 2013s and 2012s; in general, the 2012s are the sexier, more open-knit wines, and the 2013s more concentrated and structured. In John’s case, the vintages are reversed, with the 2012s showing more structure and the 2013s just packed with sweet fruit. As I’ve written in the past, for the life of me, I can’t understand why no one else in the Edna Valley tries to make wine anywhere close to this level of quality.
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