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Alban Vineyards Pandora Edna Valley 2018  - First Bottle


97 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2018 Pandora Grenache has a medium ruby-purple color and alluring aromas of blueberry and red and black cherry jam with tones of powdered sugar, aniseed, orange peel and salami, offering up more aromatic nuances as it airs in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a balance of intense red fruit and savory tobacco tones, its layered flavors calling you in for another sip. Structured with fine, powdery tannins and refreshing bursts of acidity, the long finish is still youthfully coiled. Its density and latency suggest it will evolve in bottle over the next few years and offer savory complexity after a decade or more in the cellar.
97 Vinous -
Deep ruby. Expressive cherry, raspberry and incense aromas are complemented by suave floral and exotic spice nuances. Sappy, semaless and penetrating on the palate, offering appealingly sweet, mineral-drenched red fruit liqueur, spicecake and candied lavendar flavors that deepend as the wine opens up. Shows reasonating red fruit and floral character on the wonderfully persistent, finely detailed finsih, which is framed by polished, deftly interwoven tannins.
97 James Suckling -
Asphalt and oil with blackberries follow through to a full body with medium tannins that are firm and velvety. Lots of game and animal undertones. Very long and intense. Creamy tannins and so delicious. Needs three or four years to open. Try after 2025.

Technical Details

  • BlendGrenache
  • WinemakerJohn Albin
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationEdna Valley

Alban Vineyards Pandora Edna Valley 2018

Grenache  |  US
WA97, VN97, JS97

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About the Producer

Alban Vineyards is a highly esteemed winery located in the Edna Valley of California, USA. Founded by John Alban in 1989, the winery quickly gained recognition for its exceptional Rhône-style wines. Alban Vineyards is particularly renowned for its focus on single-vineyard wines, showcasing the distinct character of each site. The winery's commitment to organic and sustainable farming practices contributes to the exceptional quality of their grapes. They specialize in varietals like Syrah, Grenache, and Roussanne, which thrive in the region's cool climate and limestone-rich soils. Alban Vineyards' wines are characterized by their depth, complexity, and elegance, capturing the essence of the Edna Valley terroir. With meticulous winemaking techniques and aging in French oak barrels, the wines of Alban Vineyards have garnered critical acclaim and a loyal following. Visitors to the winery can enjoy tastings, tours, and explore the beautiful vineyard landscape. Alban Vineyards stands as a testament to the exceptional quality and craftsmanship of Rhône-style wines produced in California.