Alban Vineyards Central Coast Viognier 2017

$26.99

One of California's finest Viogniers from the Master John Alban.  Very limited. 93 points Robert Parker:  "I continue to think John's Central Coast Viognier is one of the best values out there. The 2018 Viognier has a wonderful, classic perfume: honeysuckle and quince with an intense core of peachy fruit plus accents of honeyed oats, baker’s yeast and citrus peel. The palate is medium-bodied, intensely flavored and extraordinarily fresh, finishing very long. So lovely!" 92 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Pale green-hued yellow. Sexy, highly perfumed aromas of mineral-accented white peach, Anjou pear, melon and orange zest carry a bright floral overtone that gains strength with air. Juicy, fresh and densely packed, displaying a suave interplay of richness and vivacity to the orchard and pit fruit flavors. Shows impressive power and definition on the strikingly long finish, which strongly echoes the peach and floral qualities." 91 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The Alban Viognier Central Coast and is 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." John Alban is a pioneering central coast master of Rhône varietals, and his Alban Vineyards label is one of the most sought-out sources for what many consider the pinnacle expressions of these grapes in California. His Viognier wines are routinely hailed as top examples of the varietal, and not just from his neighbors, but from many of the top players in Condrieu as well. From the winery: "We make two Viogniers: A Central Coast bottling that is often more than 75% from our own vineyard, and an Estate bottling. The former showcases the forward heady stone fruit of this variety. It is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel and bottled early."

Share Alban Vineyards Central Coast Viognier 2017 on FacebookShare Alban Vineyards Central Coast Viognier 2017 on TwitterShare Alban Vineyards Central Coast Viognier 2017 via email

Ratings on Delectable

Tom Balamaci

Rich, medium to full body. Lovely gold color. Oak is present but not overwhelming—but I wouldn’t call this a summer sipper. A “winter white” if there ever was one.

Rich, medium to full body. Lovely gold color. Oak is present but not overwhelming—but I wouldn’t call this a summer sipper. A “winter white” if there ever was one.

9.0

Ming L

The variety that got John Alban started the winery. The color was uniquely yellow lemon with a light green hue. Floral, mix of light citrus and tropical fruits, chrysanthemums, key lime fill the aromatic nose. Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, the palate was lush, voluminous, and waxy. Tiny herbaceous and bitter note toward the finish. Enjoyed this immensely.

The variety that got John Alban started the winery. The color was uniquely yellow lemon with a light green hue. Floral, mix of light citrus and tropical fruits, chrysanthemums, key lime fill the aromatic nose. Fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, the palate was lush, voluminous, and waxy. Tiny herbaceous and bitter note toward the finish. Enjoyed this immensely.

8.9

Scott Rose

2017 vintage

2017 vintage

9.0

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.