Nose is fermented blackberries. The palate is blackberry run through a siv of crushed granite. Some earthy tones of forest floor and mushroom. Tannins still working themselves out and medium plus acidity. Alban is one of my favorites. This is no exception — 14 days ago
Awesome...and surprisingly approachable given that it’s in the early edge of the estimated driking window from a couple of different sources. 15min in that new decanter and it’s ready to go (althought it has years of evolution ahead of it). Just fantastic! — 20 days ago
Easily among the best syrahs I’ve ever tasted and at 15 drinking like bottled last week. Pure, elegant, freshly scorched loamy earth and compote, the bitter bits of creme caramel on a perfect frame of gnarly dark black fruit and graphite/woodsy tannins that lasted over a minute on the back end. Easily 15+ years to go. — a month ago
WNH Christmas in July and my gift was from my great friend @Mike R and what a showing. I agree with Mike that Alban is back and this wine shows classic Alban style. Rich and decadent-2 hour decant shows bacon fat, white flowers, camp fire and hint of game. I find the nose and palate are very much the same. Fine tannins that give tension but not over powering. Thanks again Mike for this gift. — a day ago
An experience wine to know, love and appreciate the history and genius of Bob Lindquist in birthing Santa Barbara/Central Coast as one of the great wine regions of the world. Here is proof. At 22 years young, a revelation in ageable Rousanne From Alban vineyard. Reduced with some matchstick, the fruit is mostly cider apples, but the long oak toast and yeasty, buttery golden color and honeyed deliciousness make this a wine to remember. Most will dismiss it as lightly oxidized, nutty or flat. But, there is charm and intrigue and the right pairing will entrance those who love wines from Jurancon and appreciate aged whites.
Glad I have more to share in the years to come. — a month ago
One of the more elegant Revas I’ve had, this wine is drinking perfectly right now. Gone are some of the (occasionally) overpowering roasted meat notes, the nose is rich with candied blackberries, hints of iodine, violet, and molasses - beautifully integrated. The palate is rich and full bodied, but with a gracefulness that I’m sure is due to its age, sitting for the past decade in our cellar. Great, lingering finish. Easily one of the best versions of this wine I’ve had in a long time. — 18 days ago
Citrus, stones, texture. — 9 days ago