2015 Alban Vineyards Viognier Estate

Year: 2015
Appellation: Edna Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 92-93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"Also scheduled to be bottled soon, the 2015 Viognier Estate is up with the finest example of this variety coming from the States. Loaded with notions of ripe peach, tangerine, white flowers and toasted spice, it's rich, medium-bodied and crystalline on the palate, with fabulous purity and focus. It will certainly be as good as the 2014 and should drink nicely for 4-5 years.

After the cool, and then cold, 2010 and 2011 vintages, 2012 through 2014 is a return to the more generous, layered and voluptuous style of wine that this estate is known for. Looking at the 2013s, this was a more elegant and firm vintage for most of the State, yet these wines from John are loaded with fruit and texture, with incredible polish, ripeness and sweetness to their tannin. While they were mostly tasted from barrel, they're already hard to resist and should drink nicely in their youth. The 2012s are classic, rich, concentrated and structured wines that also show incredible elegance and purity. John is a big fan of this vintage, and as I think the scores and reviews here so, I agree with him. In addition, while the greatness of the Syrahs is well known, don't miss the Grenache and Mourvedre releases from this estate. They're just about as good as it gets and John is able to get more concentration, depth and layers in his Grenache than just about every other winemaker in the United States." (WA)

"Light bright yellow. Intense, mineral-tinged tangerine, peach and honey aromas show excellent focus and pick up a gingery element with aeration. Sappy, nervy and precise, offering concentrated orange zest, pear skin and peach nectar flavors that smoothly combine richness and vivacity. Shows a sexy floral quality on the finish, which hangs on with outstanding tenacity. I'd have no problem putting this wine up against some of Condrieu's most esteemed bottlings." (VM)