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2006 Alban Estate Roussanne (750ml)
Producer: Alban Vineyards albanvineyards.com
Appellation: Edna Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Roussanne
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$48.00
Tasting Notes:
rated: June 30, 2008 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
91 points "The 2006 Roussanne Estate, which includes 25% Viognier in the blend, is a heavier, more waxy style of white wine that appears to possess some tannin. As this varietal often does, this full-bodied effort comes across as a “love it or leave it” wine. I happen to adore this style, but their aging curve is almost impossible to predict. I recommend drinking these Roussannes on the earlier rather than later side. This offering would drink beautifully with fatty fish or grilled chicken dishes as it almost has the weight, richness, and structure of a dry red wine. Alban’s decision to add 25% Viognier to the blend has given the wine more complexity as well as a slightly uplifting character." Best 2008-
rated: April 30, 2009 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
91 points "Wonderfully fragrant, with cedar and pine notes to the passion fruit, marmalade and floral honeysuckle flavors. Full-bodied and nicely juicy, with fantastic intensity. Drink now through 2012. 450 cases made. –MW" Best 2009-2012