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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 4 
ProducerAlban Vineyards (web)
SubRegionCentral Coast
AppellationEdna Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2009 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Alban Vineyards Roussanne Alban Estate on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 53 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BVal on 5/7/2014 flawed bottle: Acquired at auction recently; bottle had been exported from US to England then reimported back to the US. I fear too much importing/reimporting has been done here as the bottle tastes prematurely aged and somewhat madeirised. Quite the shame because the you could still see the wonderful wine underneath.

Color: bold gold with yellow tints; somewhat cloudy. Bouquet of honey, peaches, almonds, oak, a little petrol and Madeira. Dense palate showing that Madeira again, brown sugar, honey, lime, peaches and english toffee. Oak really did start to come through on the finish, so I don't think the advanced aging has helped that aspect of the wine. Still a nice medium-long finish.

Definitely a testimony to how delicious the underlying wine is that the bottle was mostly finished even though flawed. I'd say that while well-stored bottles are probably still fine, drinking sooner vs later is probably wise. (706 views)
 Tasted by Colia on 1/17/2013 & rated 92 points: Fully mature, in a good way. Honey, yellow apples, confected lemons, chestnuts, minerals, a whiff of smoke. (1464 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 8/24/2012 & rated 92 points: A Rhone-Inspired Evening (Dino's - Washington, DC): I opened a bottle of this wine in March and absolutely loved it. I figured it would be fun to share another bottle with the group and see how they liked it. I love the cloudy pineapple-copper color and the thick legs. You know this is gonna be big. Aromas of pineapple, peanut shell, chestnut, mango and wax. (Is there such a thing as a mango candle?) Plump and rich on the palate, full of nutty flavors and tropical fruit, accented with honey and brown sugar. The acid, which tingles the palate, saves this wine from being too big and overdone. There’s some oak here (the wine is aged in two-thirds new French oak) but somehow it’s integrated. This wine has aged very well. (2137 views)
 Tasted by manonthemoon on 8/23/2012 & rated 90 points: n canned peach, wax, little petrol
p white peach, vanilla, spice, some minerals
f long finish, some minerals
one of the better roussannes I have ever had
3 (1758 views)
 Tasted by BVal on 7/9/2012 & rated 92 points: Deep yellow -- almost gold. Slightly cloudy appearance.
This has always been, and continues to be, my favorite Alban roussanne. I believe this was the last vintage that Alban was using a comparatively small percentage of viognier in the mix. After this year, he increased the viognier to a full 25% which IMHO completely changed the character of the wine.
Bouquet of almond kernels, honey, peach, baked apples with a spiciness/petrol edge I sometimes associate with Zind Humbrecht gewurtztraminer.
Palate was dense but lively: peach, brown sugar, honey, lime and a little toffee. Good acidity present and large enough structure to carry the oakiness. Nice medium-long finish.
This is delicious now and I can't see it getting any better; time to finish any off that may be hiding in the cellar. (1857 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 7/2/2012 & rated 92 points: Providence Dinner (Providence): Dark yellow bordering on amber; very aromatic nose, waxy, raw almond nutty aspect, dried herbal nuance with a petrol under tone and apricot pit; full flavored, alcohol in check, very good age on this--really impressed with this bottling. (1398 views)
 Tasted by Spookey on 6/9/2012: Wow. Alban does Roussane well. Need to get more. (815 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 4/28/2012: ditto last bottle (803 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 3/12/2012 & rated 92 points: Nose: lemon oil, pineapple, toast and hints of green chestnut. In Ukraine, they call them kachtans, and they grow all over the city. Well, this wine smells like kachtan. It’s the first time I’ve come across it in a wine, and it’s really fun. On the palate, this wine feels oily, with flavors of butternut squash and almonds, also some brown sugar. This wine isn’t oxidized, but it has some delicious aged characteristics. The acid keeps it fresh and balanced. There’s a delicious hint of honey, but there’s a dose of lime that comes out on the finish and keeps it in balance. This is what I love in California Rhone whites. This is a really lovely wine. I’m always impressed with Alban. Let the haters hate. (909 views)
 Tasted by salil on 8/18/2011 & rated 73 points: Dense, slightly stewed peach and apricot fruits seasoned with butterscotch, toasty and faintly oxidative accents. Incredibly ripe, viscous and soft, lacking acidity and balance. (1198 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 1/5/2011 & rated 93 points: This is an outstanding, classic Alban Roussanne! Not the huge alc beast(14.7)...more in balance with this one. Cloudy rustic peach, apricot, baked apple fruit...cut nicely with sharp and crisp citrus acidity...complexed well with butterscotch, lemon ginger cookie, caramel granny smith apples, exotic white honey spice. Super tasty mouthfeel of spicy Roussanne, Alban style! Should age well for many more. (1374 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 8/28/2010 & rated 91 points: FIRETRUCK TASTE OFF volume 1 (Bob and Selma's Apartment): Seductive nose of honeycomb, butterscotch, and French oak. The oak treatment is borderline offensive, but the purity of the fruit is able to stand up to the oak. Very dense white wine that sits on fence between delicious and "over-the-top". I would recommend a 2-3 hour decant on this wine. (2030 views)
 Tasted by jahlove on 8/28/2010 & rated 92 points: The Fire Truck Tasting; 8/28/2010-8/29/2010 (Renner's Place, Washington DC): Wow! The color of this is like that bright yellow of dehydrated pee. You can tell just by looking at that this is going to be huge. At first, the oak was just too much for me in this wine, but after a couple of hours it felt more integrated. The nose alone on this wine is worth the price of admission. Honey perfume is the best description I can come up with. On the palate, it's huge. Almost sweet to me. The quality of the fruit is quite astounding. And the finish is everlasting. Still I'd rather smell it than drink it. Not totally my cup of tea, but you can help but appreciate it. (1904 views)
 Tasted by Why Yes on 8/27/2010 & rated 95 points: This is singing right now. 2004 continues to prove to have been an absolutely amazing year on the Alban Estate.

A DEEP golden color.

Nose of white flowers, honey, hazelnuts, orange rinds, limes, and a kiss of toasty oak. The hazelnut component is an especially intriguing element that I couldn't quite find the word for until reading one of the notes below, but that nails it--and for me is all Roussanne, all the time.

The palate plays very well with what the nose presents. The floral, fruit and spice components are all so beautifully intertwined and playing off each other, it is a thing to behold. What really blows me away though, is how lively and light on its feet this wine is, all while maintaining a massive intensity in both nose and mouth.

This is a great wine that I would recommend drinking now, or laying down in order to see what treasures it continues to reveal down the line. There is no hurry here.

Enjoy this wine! (1758 views)
 Tasted by metodd on 8/26/2009 & rated 90 points: Still holding up well, oily, full, good acidity, floral, herbal nose. (1983 views)
 Tasted by Mrbuzz on 5/4/2009 & rated 92 points: As it warms....wonderful hazelnut butter, match strike, nutty Roussanne-ness and floral spice. Dripping peach, apricot, baked apple fruit....slight alc. burn(14.7%) but not off putting, more citrus and mineral, less smokiness. A little butterscotch Tawny and lemon ginger cookie on the finish. Tasty, yet after drinking many SQN whites....you can really appreciate how well balanced they are. This wine is just tad bit out of whack....but should age it out nicely. (2054 views)
 Tasted by JBVino on 3/31/2009: totally different than bottle had at Thanksigiving last year...which was flabby and uninteresting. This bottle was light with lots of grapefruit and tart fruit and good acidity. Lighter than I would have expected but with the right pairing would be enjoyable match. (2187 views)
 Tasted by kstoddard on 11/27/2008 & rated 90 points: Golden yellow color. Lots of new oak on the nose. Tastes of pineapple and apple with fairly well integrated oak. Rich and full bodied with some nice complexity of fruit in the powerful finish. (2209 views)
 Tasted by JBVino on 11/25/2008: struck as a bit tired...heavy without definition not sufficient acidity to give backbone to support wine. have like prior effort so maybe an off night (2185 views)
 Tasted by llink on 11/4/2008: Rich toasty nose, showing honey infused tropical fruit notes. Fat and rich on the palate, with some mineral components that add lift. Stands up well to hearty food. (2313 views)
 Tasted by Dr_Bob on 9/14/2008 & rated 93 points: toasted honey nose, elderflowers (2213 views)
 Tasted by keithgg on 8/25/2008 & rated 87 points: way too much oak for me (2195 views)
 Tasted by martuna on 6/25/2008 & rated 94 points: Wowee Zowee Yum Yum! Well, OK that's probably not specific enough, but this is REALLY good. Lots of well balanced citrus and minerality. Very aromatic honey-lemon on the nose. Great with food, any food. Don't laugh, but I had this with an egg salad sandwich (it was a picnic) and they were wonderful together. (2971 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/23/2008 & rated 92 points: A wine that wears its weight exceptionally well. Features a beguiling profile of lemon, lime, graham, beeswax, and wet stones knit together with a focused beam of acidity that keeps it fresh and food-friendly. (2448 views)
 Tasted by tbone on 6/9/2008: Best Alban white I have tried. No noticeable heat like all of the others. After quite a few "hot" wines, I contacted the winery direct and asked about drinking times and they recommended 3 - 5 years for Roussannes, 2 - 4 for Viogners. So I decided to pop an 04 in 08 and it is the bomb! Paired very well with baked lemon chicken with kumquats and olives. I have a couple 05's that will have to wait a year or two. (2348 views)
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