TN: 2001 Qupé Roussanne Alban Estate Vineyard

  • 2001 Qupé Roussanne Alban Estate Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley (5/5/2014)
    A wine that merits its reputation. A burnished golden hue with a somewhat reticent nose, but the wealth of flavors on the tongue are time-stopping. Just excellent and don’t–even at this late date–be afraid to give it a little air. I have some Alban’s approaching a decade, but I doubt they’ll match Bob’s light touch. (94 pts.)

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Yup, Dan…you got it nailed there. Not sure I’d call Bob’s touch “light”. “Restrained” and “balanced” is probably more correct.
John’s approach to Roussanne can be a bit heavy-handed. And his “Hillside” Roussanne is one of the best/ageable Roussannes made
in Calif…maybe even the World.

Sadly I haven’t tried any of the Hillsides, advancing age and a slowly shrinking cellar have seriously curtailed any new purchases.