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2012 Alban Grenache

Retail: $232.99

$144.99

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Rating
98 Pts Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Color
Red

Size
750 mL

ABV
15.7%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2012

Varietal(s)
Grenache / Garnacha


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

black currant, blackberry, dust and leather

Nose

vanilla, toast, smoke, tobacco, dark fruit and red fruit

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Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"One of the finest Grenache cuvees made in California, the 2012 Grenache's inky ruby/purple color is followed by classic concentrated Grenache notes of black fruits, roasted herbs, licorice and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, incredibly pure, layered and balanced, I wish every reader (and every winemaker who's releasing these barely colored, mid-weight examples of Grenache) could taste this beauty. It has the purity and polish to thrill already, but it will cruise in the cellar for another decade or more.

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."

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