Alban Vineyards Alban Estate Vineyard Viognier 2014

$49.95

The 2014 Viognier Estate checks in as a new benchmark for me on California (and United States) Viognier... it offers terrific notes of white flowers, honeysuckle, tangerine and apricot, with full-bodied richness, a layered texture and a great finish. This is a big wine, no doubt, but it stays lively, graceful and elegant. Drink it over the coming 4-5 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

Starting to show a little “tired” (due to the 15.4% alc.?) I would opt to start popping corks sooner than later.

Starting to show a little “tired” (due to the 15.4% alc.?) I would opt to start popping corks sooner than later.

9.0

Henrik Poulsen Delectable Pro

15.4% alc. Don't let the labeled ABV scare you off as this is nicely balanced and in a great spot now and probably for a few more years.

15.4% alc. Don't let the labeled ABV scare you off as this is nicely balanced and in a great spot now and probably for a few more years.

9.3

Joshua Blissett Delectable Pro

Ripe Asian pear, orange blossom, tangerine juice, pineapple juice, toast, candied ginger, white flowers, powdered sugar, marzipan. Sexy and complex and just keeps evolving in glass.

Ripe Asian pear, orange blossom, tangerine juice, pineapple juice, toast, candied ginger, white flowers, powdered sugar, marzipan. Sexy and complex and just keeps evolving in glass.

9.7

David Metcalf Delectable Pro

The Viognier that restarted it all. Classic varietal character and dare I say balanced at 15+%. Opulent and flirtatious but not flabby. Dinner w/ John & Lorraine! #alban #swc

The Viognier that restarted it all. Classic varietal character and dare I say balanced at 15+%. Opulent and flirtatious but not flabby. Dinner w/ John & Lorraine! #alban #swc

Aaron Rankin

I categorically love Viognier but know almost nothing about it. Nothing to report here other than a mild decant and warming up to ~65F made this really enjoyable with flank steak and mushroom polenta. Yay Alban!

I categorically love Viognier but know almost nothing about it. Nothing to report here other than a mild decant and warming up to ~65F made this really enjoyable with flank steak and mushroom polenta. Yay Alban!

9.2

Justin Sun

Well made but not my cup of tea

Well made but not my cup of tea

8.8

Erin Kiff

I look forward to alban vio every year. This one doesn't disappoint.

I look forward to alban vio every year. This one doesn't disappoint.

9.3

Aaron Rankin

Peaches, smoke, and white pepper,

Peaches, smoke, and white pepper,

9.1

Jim McCusker

Excellent viognier from John Alban. Lots of honeysuckle on the nose coupled with notes of melon. Medium-plus bodied on the palate with a good (but not lingering) finish. I personally like John's viogniers with a few years of age on them - brings out some awesome secondary flavors that just aren't there in this one yet. I suspect that this will be significantly more interesting in 2-3 years, so I'd recommend holding onto it for now.

Excellent viognier from John Alban. Lots of honeysuckle on the nose coupled with notes of melon. Medium-plus bodied on the palate with a good (but not lingering) finish. I personally like John's viogniers with a few years of age on them - brings out some awesome secondary flavors that just aren't there in this one yet. I suspect that this will be significantly more interesting in 2-3 years, so I'd recommend holding onto it for now.

9.1

Steve Bozich

Not your usual viognier, lacks that lush feeling in the mouth - which is fine by me. Just hints of lemon, grapefruit and melon. A touch of smoke, and white chocolate. Did not drink like a 15.4 ABV! Just so mellow and soothing - I loved it. Edna Valley, 2014.

Not your usual viognier, lacks that lush feeling in the mouth - which is fine by me. Just hints of lemon, grapefruit and melon. A touch of smoke, and white chocolate. Did not drink like a 15.4 ABV! Just so mellow and soothing - I loved it. Edna Valley, 2014.

9.2

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