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2001 Alban - Pandora (Seymour's Vineyard) Rhone Blend - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley - Red

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley

Red Rhone Blend
Producer Notes

Alban Vineyards is a California wine estate producing various Rhone style blends and varietal wine. The winery is located in Edna Valley, near Arroyo Grande in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County.

Starting in 1985, John Alban planted grapes for other people until he bought an estate in 1989. With a focus on creating wines made from Rhone Valley varieties, Alban became one of... More »

Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2010 VF: 2003-2010

Author David W294
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 61.826%
Tasted On 11/27/2014

Still fabulous

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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 99.346%
Tasted On 11/23/2008

Poured small amount to rinse glasses and dump. Glass completely coated and the massive and impressive nose simply erupted from the glass. Fat enormous nose of licorice, cranberry, pepper. Big spicy finish. Nose bursts with black raspberry and hickory and a bit of funk. Intensely rich. Sweet tannin. Meaty. Cloves. Thoroughly hides the 16% alcohol. Concentrated, ripe and fat but with impressive acidity. Gradually revealing cigar and menthol. Paprika.

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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 09/01/2004
Drink Dates 2006-2010

Pandora is Alban?s top of the line blend of Grenache and Syrah from the Seymour?s Vineyard (Alban also makes his best Syrah from Seymour?s Vineyard). The 2001 is less immediately appealing and hedonistic as prior vintages. Nevertheless, the 2001 Pandora offers compelling drinking. The wine has a deep purple hue with lots of thin slow moving moderately pigmented legs. Strong aromas of burnt toast, some merde, roasted plum, pretzel, slight vanilla, star anise, and minerals. Plush cascading tannins are deftly matched with excellent acidity. Viscous but still agile flavors of roasted fruits, cr?me brul?e, silky black pepper, and minerals. The finish lasts and lasts. Alban?s best cuv?es and vineyard designates are worthy of purchase every year.

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