2017 ALBAN CENTRAL COAST VIOGNIER
91 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The larger production Viognier is the 2017 Viognier Central Coast and it’s a serious winner in 2017. Possessing an elegant, medium to full-bodied, ultra-pure profile as well as classic notes of caramelized citrus, white flowers, and hints of orange marmalade, it’s well worth a multi-bottle purchase and will keep for 2-3 years." (11/2018)
Alban is a legend in the Central Coast for excellence with Rhone varietals and Viognier in particular. The Central Coast bottling is often more than 75% from their famed estate vineyard. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this is made in a style to highlight Viognier's inherent peachy, stone fruit character and is an outstanding example of the varietal. Wine Advocate: "I continue to think John's Central Coast Viognier is one of the best values out there..." -Jeb Dunnuck
This Viognier showcases the forward heady stone fruit of this variety. It is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel and bottled early. (Winery) About: Alban Vineyards is a California wine estate producing various Rhône style blends and varietal wines. 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 Rhône Valley varietals, Alban came to be a pioneer of the Rhone Rangers movement, and is considered one of the most influential American Rhone producers. On beginning to grow Viognier, Alban stated "I almost single-handedly doubled the world's acreage," referring to a time when its cultivation was reduced to 50 acres (20 ha) in two areas of the Rhône Valley, Condrieu and Château-Grillet. Alban's work, along with that of Josh Jensen of Calera Wine Company in San Benito County, helped to significantly expand plantings of Viognier in California at a time when the variety was near extinction. (Wikipedia)
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