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2003 Alban Grenache (750ml)
Producer: Alban Vineyards albanvineyards.com
Appellation: Edna Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Grenache
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$90.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: July 31, 2005 , International Wine Cellar wineaccess.com/expert/tanzer
91 points "Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of black cherry and black raspberry. Large-scaled and utterly mouthfilling, with a wonderful chocolatey richness leavened by ripe acidity. In fact, this huge wine offers surprising mid-palate delineation offlavor for its outsized ripeness. Finishes with very ripe tannins and excellent length. "It was critical to eliminate the raisins," noted Alban. Indeed, as extravagantly ripe as this is, it's not at all cooked. There's very little grenache from elsewhere in California with the saturation of color of Alban's fruit. "
rated: August 1, 2006 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
95 points "Alban’s 2003 Grenache (100% Grenache) tips the scales at 16.2% alcohol. Kirsch liqueur interwoven with flamboyant aromas of smoke, black currants, raspberries, and herbs jump from the glass of this beauty. With fabulous concentration, superb purity, and an opulent, dense, chewy finish, this stunning Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike should drink well for a decade or more. " Best 2006-2016