Pre-Tasting Lunch (Prairie Grass - Northbrook IL): Tasted double blind. Pineapple, mango, unctuous textures made me think Rhone varietals, heat made me think it New World, reduction made me think Alban. Yeah! Moderate balance but reasonably well balanced and age has been kind here. I enjoyed this more than I typically would enjoy Alban.
Agree totally with previous tasters. John Alban pushes the limits with his wines and occasionally goes overboard. This one is no different. He takes it to the edge on flavors, any more and it could be over the top. Mouthwatering acidity keeps it all in check. The nose is an incredible adventure itself with sweet cream and tropical notes. An unbelievable concentration of lovely Rousanne aromas!
As others have said it is typical Alban white-which is a good thing. Rich and full bodied , not overly oaked but oak is there. Might be losing some verbe at thos point but enough acidity to keep up with braised chicken.
All in all a nice bottle but somewhat California chard-like...
Like the reds, the Alban whites are full-bodied, very rich and ripe (although the whites are not oaky), and this bottle was no exception. It was very aromatic, floral, and on the palate was like the filling in a sweet lemon merengue pie. While many people do not appreciate the style and/or find them overpriced, I like these wines on their own or with richer food, think they are very well made, and offer an unusual drinking experience.
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