2016 Alban Forsythe "The Mason"Sold OutOnly 5 left!
A classic Mourvèdre from Alban, the inky hued 2016 The Mason Forsythe Vineyard has a glorious bouquet of blueberries, ground pepper, and smoked meat. This carries to a full-bodied Mourvèdre with incredible elegance and purity, nicely integrated acidity, flawless balance, and a great finish. It's unquestionably one of the finest examples of this variety I've ever tasted from California. Give bottles another year or two and enjoy over the following decade or more.
There are certainly no dogs in the recent vintages from John Alban – 2016, 2017, and 2018 are all brilliant vintages. At the top of the heap, the 2016s have everything: Incredible purity of fruit, flawless balance, and power paired with considerable elegance. These are magical wines and some of the finest I've tasted from the estate. Mostly still resting in barrel, the 2017s have big, exuberant personalities with already complex aromatics as well as plenty of structure on the palate. I was only able to taste the Patrina from 2018, but this is always a good indication of the quality from John, and it has a touch of the 2016s’ purity and elegance. I'll review the 2018s from barrel prior to release. Readers can't go wrong with any of these latest wines.
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