White

2011 Alban Vineyards Viognier Alban Estate Vineyard

Viognier

  • USA
  • > California
  • > Central Coast
  • > Edna Valley
Drink between 2012 - 2015
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • Ridgerunner Likes this wine: (91 points)

    November 12, 2014 - I think this is a really good wine... and I just wasn't feeling it tonight!

  • BVal wrote: (91 points)

    May 17, 2014 - Color: medium cloudy yellow showing a lot of viscosity with numerous long, shapely legs. Intense bouquet of grapefruit, honeysuckle, peaches, a touch of lime zest and freshly cut garden flowers. Seemed to need a little time after PnP so I let it breathe in the fridge for about 90 minutes. Big, big mouthful of wine that packs both a flavourful and alcoholic punch at 14.7%. Grapefruit, honey and oak noted as well as a little back-end spiciness that was very enticing. FULL bodied, viscous, with good acidity and wonderful structure, this is not for faint-of-heart tasters. Large scaled for sure; think Condrieu on steroids.

  • Kemo Sabe Likes this wine: (90 points)

    December 25, 2013 - First Viognier. Liked it. Different vs other Cali whites. More Subtle. 90+

  • Anonymous wrote: (88 points)

    November 28, 2013 - Hard to tell, but not quite all there. More muted and less complex than I had hoped.

  • BVal wrote: (91 points)

    October 16, 2013 - Whoops! Saw that the previous note written for this wine back on 6/13 was for the central coast (purchased fruit) version; it was supposed to be for the estate version (as this).

    Color: medium cloudy yellow showing a lot of viscosity with numerous long, shapely legs. Intense bouquet of grapefruit, honeysuckle, peaches, a touch of lime zest and freshly cut garden flowers. Big, big mouthful of wine that packs both a flavourful and alcoholic punch at 14.7%. Better, I think, on a cool New England evening than the earlier hot, humid one -- though the aromatics were more (heh heh) spirited then. Once again, grapefruit and honey noted as well as a little back-end spiciness that was very enticing. FULL bodied, viscous, with good acidity and wonderful structure, this is not for faint-of-heart tasters. I do think this is one of the best Viogniers to come out of California but I wonder if John could dial the alcohol back a bit and still keep that intensity? This is a 2011 so the season was supposed to be less generous, nature-wise, than usual; hopeful that the profile would be less Marilyn Monroe and more Grace Kelly.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Paso Robles and Beyond: Excellence in 2011 (Jul 2013) (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2012, Issue #165 (link)

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Issue #12, 6/23/2012 (link) (91-94) points

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type White
  • Producer Alban Vineyards
  • Varietal Viognier
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alban Estate Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Edna Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 185 (60%)
  • Consumed 121 (40%)

Food Pairing

ceviche with fish

Who Likes This Wine

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