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Alban Release

#1 Post by Michael Fess » February 4th, 2019, 1:22 pm

Alban hits today. This is my second release, looking at the Seymour or the Lorraine. Any suggestions?

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#2 Post by Kelly Flynn » February 4th, 2019, 1:31 pm

Don’t skimp on the viognier. It is delicious!

The Grenache is love it/hate it. I will say this: You will never mistake it for cdp.

Syrah is of course the raison d’etre. They manage to maintain the Old World sensibility of the grape in an amped-up form that is pretty quickly accessible. They have all been delicious in my experience, even if I might struggle to tell them apart.

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#3 Post by Michael Fess » February 4th, 2019, 1:38 pm

Thanks Kelly. I bought some Pandora on the last release, will definitely give it a try before the next release. Being that Seymour and Lorraine are the same price I might grab a few of each.

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#4 Post by Alan Eden » February 4th, 2019, 2:27 pm

Kelly, accessible is not a word that comes to mind about Alban. The wines are fantastic and i to will be buying from this list but ive found they need a good amount of time sideways before drinking. The exception being the Patrina which is made for more immediate drinking.
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#5 Post by Travis @llen » February 4th, 2019, 2:40 pm

I had the ‘13 patrina during the Super Bowl and it was incredible. Highly recommend.
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#6 Post by Kelly Flynn » February 4th, 2019, 2:48 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Kelly, accessible is not a word that comes to mind about Alban. The wines are fantastic and i to will be buying from this list but ive found they need a good amount of time sideways before drinking. The exception being the Patrina which is made for more immediate drinking.
Fair enough. I should have clarified: "relative to an Old World syrah beast like hermitage..."

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#7 Post by larry schaffer » February 4th, 2019, 3:25 pm

Had an 06 Reva last week and it was still a monster and not very forgiving. No rubber tire phase which was good, but just a monster.

The viogniers are a prime example of new world ripe, unctuous viognier - if that's the style you like, go for it. I find I like these younger rather than with age, so my advice is drink them sooner rather than later.

The grenaches do tend to be pretty big and bold - and definitely benefit from many years of bottle age.

No roussanne offered at this time? I adore this bottling - and love it with at least a decade worth of bottle time. It holds its alcohol much better than the viognier IMHO and is one of the best new world examples out there.

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#8 Post by JDavisRoby » February 4th, 2019, 3:29 pm

Michael Fess wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Alban hits today. This is my second release, looking at the Seymour or the Lorraine. Any suggestions?

Seymour
Lorraine
Patrina
Estate Grenache
Viognier
Still waiting for my first. How long did you wait?
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#9 Post by Michael Fess » February 4th, 2019, 3:35 pm

I joined last summer and was offered wine on that release. So it was not very long.

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#10 Post by Michael Ferris » February 4th, 2019, 3:39 pm

Patrina is my semi-house wine - absolutely love that juice, and it's a good price point. You can never go wrong with Seymour, but as has been mentioned, do not overlook the Viognier as it is tremendous.

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#11 Post by Scott E. » February 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm

Michael Fess wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:35 pm
I joined last summer and was offered wine on that release. So it was not very long.
I bought Alban Reva for several years (at least 3-4 vintages) and never received a regular offering of Seymour or Lorraine except for a "flash" offering for a 2010. Cheers!
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#12 Post by Michael Fess » February 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm

I grabbed the 3 Seymours that were offered. Realm is tomorrow so hard to go much deeper.

To Larry's question, if I remember correctly the roussanne was offered in the summer. I think I will buy some on the next offer.

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#13 Post by Michael Fess » February 4th, 2019, 3:48 pm

Scott E. wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Michael Fess wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:35 pm
I joined last summer and was offered wine on that release. So it was not very long.
I bought Alban Reva for several years (at least 3-4 vintages) and never received a regular offering of Seymour or Lorraine except for a "flash" offering for a 2010. Cheers!
Not sure how or why, but I joined and was offered the Pandora right away. Then this release the Seymour and Lorraine.

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#14 Post by JDavisRoby » February 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm

Michael Fess wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:35 pm
I joined last summer and was offered wine on that release. So it was not very long.
I’ll have to double check and see if I’m on the waiting list. I know several wineries wouldn’t put us Oklahomans on the list unless you called and provided them another shipping address. With the new law change in October they can now legally ship direct. Turley sent me a postcard this winter to specifically tell me I was now on the list for this reason.

2000 Alban Lorraine and 2003 Cayuse En Cerise in one tasting flipped me from drinking exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon to almost exclusively Syrah in 2016.
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#15 Post by Michael Fess » February 4th, 2019, 4:07 pm

JDavisRoby wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Michael Fess wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:35 pm
I joined last summer and was offered wine on that release. So it was not very long.
I’ll have to double check and see if I’m on the waiting list. I know several wineries wouldn’t put us Oklahomans on the list unless you called and provided them another shipping address. With the new law change in October they can now legally ship direct. Turley sent me a postcard this winter to specifically tell me I was now on the list for this reason.

2000 Alban Lorraine and 2003 Cayuse En Cerise in one tasting flipped me from drinking exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon to almost exclusively Syrah in 2016.
Went to the website and it shows all but 6 states that they don't ship to and Oklahoma was not included in those 6.

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#16 Post by JDavisRoby » February 4th, 2019, 4:18 pm

I probably don’t need another list but I have a few I’d drop quick for this one. Ha!
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#17 Post by Alan Eden » February 5th, 2019, 7:13 pm

Ive been buying Reva for 4 years, this was my first Lorraine and Seymour offer.

Its a pretty high entry price but i could not resist a couple of each and the grenache, these will be hidden away for 10-15 years minimum, if they are let out they will still be untamed !! however once tamed their is no bigger more satisfying wine than an Alban, the wines just have a savouriness and black pudding goodness to them that nothing ive tasted matches and when your in that mood its awesome.

Its like music, you mostly listen to easy going stuff, occasionally a bit more but once in a while you want full belt Mahler, that is Alban, its Mahler #2
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#18 Post by Alex N » February 6th, 2019, 9:34 am

For joining as recently as you did, you absolutely scored with your allocation.
I opened the 2014 Reva recently and with a long decant it was awesome.
I may open one of my Pandora's for this year's birthday.
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#19 Post by matt d » February 6th, 2019, 9:41 am

I am passing as shipping make it very expensive for me but did get an allocation for Patrina and Lorrain.
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#20 Post by Alan Eden » February 6th, 2019, 10:30 am

The new ground shipping option is far better, make sure you selected ground and not air.

Normally it was like $90 shipping, ground it was $38 much better
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#21 Post by matt d » February 6th, 2019, 10:39 am

Alan Eden wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 10:30 am
The new ground shipping option is far better, make sure you selected ground and not air.

Normally it was like $90 shipping, ground it was $38 much better
thanks my shipping went from 58 to 24 much better
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#22 Post by Rich Brown » February 9th, 2019, 4:02 pm

I've really liked the handful of Alban Syrahs I've had in the past, but have never tried their voignier. Saw the 16 for a solid price locally and scooped it up based on this thread. Have a glass in my hand right now, and I've gotta say, I'm having a hard time finding much to like here. Thick/viscous texture with some faint notes of waxy Bananna, but it's all masked by a ton of heat/alcohol and a bitter finish. Do these settle in with more age? I know Larry said he likes em young which is why I popped one now. If this is representative, I'll probably stick with the syrahs.

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#23 Post by larry schaffer » February 10th, 2019, 9:34 am

Rich

Does Alban still release 2 different viogniers - an 'Estate' one and a 'Central Coast' one? Just curious - if so, the two usually are quite different.

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#24 Post by Rich Brown » February 10th, 2019, 10:10 am

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Rich

Does Alban still release 2 different viogniers - an 'Estate' one and a 'Central Coast' one? Just curious - if so, the two usually are quite different.

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I'm not sure, but the one I have is the Central Coast bottling....which I'm guessing is the lesser of the 2.

I left the remainder of the bottle in the cellar so I'll give it a shot later today and see how it's coming along

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#25 Post by James Cross » February 11th, 2019, 9:34 am

Yes, there are two different versions. I believe "Central Coast" may be purchased grapes and the oak treatment is different. Failla used to get estate viognier grapes from Alban, but that deal is finished. For a step up, go with the estate roussanne; much better wine, handles the oak much better and can go out ten years.

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#26 Post by larry schaffer » February 11th, 2019, 10:13 am

James,

If there still are two, then you are correct. The 'Central Coast' bottling was always a combo of purchased fruit plus most likely stuff from the estate that did not make the cut for the Estate Viognier. Usually a big difference in price as well - similar to Patrina and Reva, etc. The Estate bottling was always 'richer and more unctuous', a true 'Dolly Parton' viognier to borrow a line from Tom Hill . . .

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#27 Post by Rich Brown » February 11th, 2019, 3:37 pm

Thanks fellas. I'll keep my eyes peeled for the Estate voignier if I ever come across it, but I'll be passing on buying any addiitonal bottles of the Central Coast. Def didnt love that one.

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#28 Post by James Cross » February 12th, 2019, 9:47 am

Here in Las Vegas, the Estate goes for around $49, the Central Coast for maybe $29, but I've seen it on sale for $25. I'm not sure the Estate is worth twice the C Coast, but it definitely is a better wine....it is the full Dolly Parton style if you like that.

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#29 Post by Gray G » February 14th, 2019, 6:09 am

Happy Valentines and all in on Alban

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