Red

2005 Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard

Grenache

  • USA
  • California
  • Central Coast
  • Edna Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 60

  • seijaro Likes this wine: 97 points

    December 15, 2018 - It took a full 3 hours to open and show its stuff. I was 92-3 at two hours, it had a punky nose and not much character... then blossomed in a rush to the wine I put on my Top 10 list back in 2008. What a treat! This is a Grenache for the books, I'm surprised it is so good at age 14. How long does Grenache age anyway?

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  • tplskylrk wrote:

    March 5, 2018 - This never really opened up and gained weight. Not typical Alban and certainly nothing close to the scores and love being laid out here. Bit of a hot alcoholic mess tonight.

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  • scott davis wrote: 95 points

    June 27, 2017 - I thought I had this wine just a few years ago. I remember the great dinner, the company, and how we were all impressed with how well the wine showed. I didn’t have much experience with Grenache from the U.S. as a single varietal (still don’t, really), but can vividly remember the generous dark fruit layers, cigar box, spice, tar, earth, and more than anything, the amazing texture of the wine.

    When I ran across another bottle of this from a very reputable retailer, I bought it immediately. That was eight months ago. Tonight, I decided to open it, and have been following without decant.

    The wine has all the characteristics that I remember; beautiful dark fruit, grounding spice and earth, wonderful depth, and that great texture. It’s every bit as good, and maybe then some.

    I logged into CellarTracker to record my impressions. I was surprised to learn that the last time I had this wine, at that dinner with great friends, was nearly ten years ago.

    Time flies.

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  • seijaro Likes this wine: 98 points

    March 26, 2017 - We loved this wine, it made our list of Most Memorable Reds. Big, smooth, a sophisticated fruit bomb. Wow!

  • Ridgerunner Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 28, 2017 - Remarkable stuff from a fairly terrific vintage

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2007, IWC Issue #135 (link)

    (Alban Vineyards Grenache Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Alban Vineyards
  • Varietal Grenache
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alban Estate Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Edna Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 5 (1%)
  • In Cellars 171 (38%)
  • Consumed 273 (61%)

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