Alban Vineyards

Alban Estate Vineyard Grenache

9.3102 ratings
9.219 pro ratings
Edna Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Grenache
Top Notes For
Vanessa McCaffrey

We tried. We tried so hard but after 4days in the desert, it was time to open the big guns. Balanced and beautiful on the palate. It's light and delicate, not what you would expect from Alban. (Maybe I'm waxing rhapsodic on bottle three. So Jim corrects me - we didn't actually finish the Aubert tonight.) But it's awesome - EXACTLY what you would expect from Alban.

We tried. We tried so hard but after 4days in the desert, it was time to open the big guns. Balanced and beautiful on the palate. It's light and delicate, not what you would expect from Alban. (Maybe I'm waxing rhapsodic on bottle three. So Jim corrects me - we didn't actually finish the Aubert tonight.) But it's awesome - EXACTLY what you would expect from Alban.

1 person found it helpfulJan 16th, 2016
Saul Gropman

Owner/Operator Cafe La Haye

9.8

Spectacular expression of deep red and black fruit, a touch of anise & silky chocolate finish.

Spectacular expression of deep red and black fruit, a touch of anise & silky chocolate finish.

May 18th, 2017
Jeff Sidwell

Owner Bon! Gourmet

9.4

Really intense still

Really intense still

Mar 4th, 2016
Eric Hwang

Think of the finest expression of California Grenache and this Alban should come to mind. Not too extracted, not too lean. Eucalyptus aromas, ripe blackberry, almost jammy. Smooth long finish.

Think of the finest expression of California Grenache and this Alban should come to mind. Not too extracted, not too lean. Eucalyptus aromas, ripe blackberry, almost jammy. Smooth long finish.

Oct 25th, 2015
John Sweeney

Amazing nose, super complex and really intriguing. Layered, great texture and tons of red fruits. Probably the best expression of this varietal in CA.

Amazing nose, super complex and really intriguing. Layered, great texture and tons of red fruits. Probably the best expression of this varietal in CA.

Mar 1st, 2015
Peter Langenstein

2005 and totally hitting it's peak - wish I had more - total 100 point wine in my book

2005 and totally hitting it's peak - wish I had more - total 100 point wine in my book

Aug 24th, 2014
Paul Lopez

Goin' old school...

Goin' old school...

Jun 10th, 2014
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Even though this needs more time (3 hour decant) it started to show it's yumminess. I think this will be the wine of the decade with more time in bottle.

Even though this needs more time (3 hour decant) it started to show it's yumminess. I think this will be the wine of the decade with more time in bottle.

Apr 4th, 2014
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Big boy! 3 hour decant didn't help. Needs 4 years.

Big boy! 3 hour decant didn't help. Needs 4 years.

Apr 4th, 2014
Nathaniel DiMaggio

Going to be great but way too tight now even with a 3 hour decant

Going to be great but way too tight now even with a 3 hour decant

Apr 4th, 2014