Red

2016 Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard

Grenache

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Edna Valley
Drink between 2020 - 2031 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • RhoneWho wrote: 98 points

    March 21, 2022 - After drinking a few vintages of Alban Grenache Estate and a few horizontal tastings with 2016 grenache-dominant CDPs, it can stand tall and rub should to should with top CDPs, such as Janasse Vielle Vignes/Chaupin (JD 99) or Vieille Julienne hauts lieux (JD 99).

    2016 Alban Grenache Estate has a rich and ripe dark fruit profile (darker than its sibling Pandora) and has incredible velvety texture such that it’s so approachable and smooth (no hard edges) upon release. Yum! Yum! The 2016 vintage is even silkier than the powerful 2013 vintage drinking side by side. The bouquet has dark berries intermixed with savory notes. Like the 2013 vintage, I think the bouquet of this young 2016 will become even more complex as like those SQNs or Guigal's La-las after a few years of aging.

    Scoring Range: 97-99; 97++ and project to peak reaching 99 in a few years

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • brasstab Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 28, 2020 - Everything I'd dreamed. I was so pleased and privileged to finally get on John Alban's list, and it was worth it. This was a sumptuous and racy grenache with great structure and finish for days.

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  • seijaro Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 22, 2020 - We are Grenache fans, they remind us of the big old-timey Napa Merlots that went so well with food. This one is a typical example, smooth and chocolatey, although not as good as some other Albans and not worth $115.

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  • KeithSurg wrote: 92 points

    June 6, 2020 - Loads of fresh red fruit with herbs, licorice, and smoke. Firm, but nicely balanced and drinking well already.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • jkvedar Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 7, 2020 - This is like a Christmas cake on the nose. Spice, blackberry, white pepper. Bursting with raspberry and blackberry on the palate. Finish is well -integrated. At no point does this wine belie it's 15.9% ABV

    3 people found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Alban Vineyards
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alban Estate Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Edna Valley

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  • In Cellars 197 (82%)
  • Consumed 42 (18%)

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