About Alban 2021 Viognier, Central Coast
John Alban far into his quest for wine grapes that would make sense for California, he celebrated his 24th birthday. That evening a friend handed him a glass of Condrieu. Knowing nothing about the wine, he downed what would prove to be one of the most significant gulps of his life. of course, Viognier is the grape of Condrieu. At a time when there were fewer than 50 acres of Viognier in the world, Alban planted 32. Today, Alban Vineyards produces small quantities of Rhone varietal wines that have become cult favorites.
This Central Coast Viognier is sourced entirely from Alban's own vineyard. It showcases the forward heady stone fruit of this variety. It is fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel and bottled early.
Jeb Dunnuck scored this 92 points saying "Looking first at the 2021 Viognier Central Coast (which is released under the Central Coast label but nevertheless comes all from the estate in Edna Valley), it has a vivid gold hue as well as a great nose of crushed citrus, honeysuckle, and assorted white flower and acacia notes. Medium-bodied, seamless, and elegant, with just a kiss of background toast and brioche, it's a terrific expression of the variety and well worth seeking out."
The Wine Advocate scored this 92 points saying "Matured mainly in stainless steel and amphorae, the 2021 Viognier has a delicate perfume of fresh quince, jasmine and almonds. The medium-bodied palate is fresh, gently rounded and layered with detailed fruits and a very long, gently nutty finish. Neither lean nor tropical, it strikes a fine balance that makes it ideal for the table."