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Monday, February 08, 2010

2007 Alban Central Coast Viognier

John Alban is a pioneer in Central Coast Rhone varietals and has been making Viognier for close to 20 years there. This wine is mostly sourced from his estate vineyards with about a third of the grapes being purchase from other Central Coast vineyards.

As to be expected with Viognier in general (especially in the case of Alban) this wine has amazing aromatics. I joked with some friends tasting with me that this wine could aptly be used as perfume if sprayed on. The floral aromas mixed with intense stone fruit, orange blossom, ginger, honey, and candied citrus make this wine a total blockbuster aromatically.

On the palate this wine shows extreme density and thickness. It's rich and high in alcohol and shows flavors of peach, meyer lemon, and orange popsicle. On the finish the wine is a bit clumsy and warm but overall it's obvious that this wine expresses the best of the varietal here in the United States. 89 points

 
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