Carmel Valley, Central Coast

Alban Vineyards

Alban Estate Vineyard Viognier 2018

Its the estate,
Not the heavy weight🤷🏼‍♂️nor the standard bottling
So much better than the standard Viognier. Opened this too soon, next bottle at least 5 more years
Parker Review

The 2018 Viognier Estate begins minerally. With time, it fleshes out to honeysuckle, white peaches, grape candy, lemongrass, beeswax, honeyed oats and loads of exotic perfume in the undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate is incredibly nuanced and layered, super fresh and with a finish that goes on and on. Incredible!



From Jeb, There are certainly no dogs in the recent vintages from John Alban – 2016, 2017, and 2018 are all brilliant vintages. At the top of the heap, the 2016s have everything: Incredible purity of fruit, flawless balance, and power paired with considerable elegance. These are magical wines and some of the finest I've tasted from the estate. Mostly still resting in barrel, the 2017s have big, exuberant personalities with already complex aromatics as well as plenty of structure on the palate. I was only able to taste the Patrina from 2018, but this is always a good indication of the quality from John, and it has a touch of the 2016s’ purity and elegance. I'll review the 2018s from barrel prior to release. Readers can't go wrong with any of these latest wines.
— 4 days ago

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Shay A

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I’ve found a few of their reds consistently have too much EA going on, but when they are on, they are delicious.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

I’ve never noticed any problems with EA, mainly because I don’t know what that is 🤷🏼‍♂️
Shay A

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Ethyl acetate (nail polish remover smell). For some reason I find it often with their Reva 🤷🏼‍♂️ Love Seymour’s and Lorraine though.

Cambria Estate Winery

Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Touches of wet stone, hibiscus, floral but not fruity. Richer than expected and ultimately perfect for a shellfish meal. — 11 days ago

Laetitia

Estate Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir 2020

Ming L
8.9

Vibrant red fruits. Perfumed. Juicy palate with a lot of spicy notes. Really like the fruit intensity.
A blend of 10 different clones. 11 months in French barrels, 30% new.
— 15 days ago

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Stolpman Vineyards

"Love You Bunches" Carbonic Sangiovese 2021

Trendy carbonic sweet dry red served chilled. Just odd, possibly in a good way, too much to decipher. I could see this working on a hot sunny day as a starter wine, seems fun, but that’s about it. More than one glass is too much. — 4 days ago

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Deborah M

Deborah M

It’s perfect in the summer in Texas!
Ericsson

Ericsson

Yup, I can see it.

Sine Qua Non

Mr. K The Noble Man Alban Vineyard Chardonnay 2002

Dried orange peel, apricot, mango, papaya, lavender honey, beeswax, and hazelnut. Ripe notes balanced with noteworthy acidity. Delicious!!! — 21 days ago

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Stolpman Vineyards

La Cuadrilla Ballard Canyon Red Blend 2018

Meaty, satisfying Syrah blend. Rich nose features beef blood and beef jerky, wet volcanic gravel, ripe elderberry, baking spice. On the palate it’s dark, ripe, and quite fruity. There’s some soft tannin in the clingy finish. Not super complex but a satisfying mouthful. — 24 days ago

Josh, Severn and 9 others liked this
Severn Goodwin

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Cool wine, TBH it took 3D to come around the last time we had, then it was amazing.
Tom Casagrande

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@Severn Goodwin - This one was ready to rock as soon as we pulled the cork!

Cambria Estate Winery

Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

This wine consistently delivers for the price. Many others are $10 more a bottle and offer the same or even less quality. Tropical fruits, lemon butter, toasted vanilla. Well done. — 16 days ago

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Alban Vineyards

Pandora Edna Valley Grenache Syrah 2002

Seriously!
20 year old California wine is fantastic. Alban is the reason
— 11 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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WOW! 99✓

Talley Vineyards

Estate Bottled Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay 2018

Andrew Holod
9.0

Pretty classic cooler climate Cali chard. With some orchard fruits and a very well balanced palate. — 9 days ago

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Lieu Dit

Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Franc

Wet flowers. Muddled berries, hint of vegetal notes (mint). Lean and focused. Great with left over tacos. — 10 days ago

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