Daily Wine 11/3/17:
Alban Vineyards – Lorraine – Syrah – Edna Valley – 2000
- This wine is 100% Syrah from the Edna Valley in the Central Coast of California.
- The Lorraine vineyard, named after John’s wife, is directly adjacent to the Reva vineyard.
- Soils are composed of both marine soils with cobbles and sandstone laced with chalk.
- Maturation occurs in barrel for three and a half years before being bottled without fining or filtering.
- The first vintage made of this wine was in 1995.
- Alban Vineyards was the first American winery to focus solely on the grapes of the Rhone Valley, like Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier.
- At one time, John propagated 32 of 50 hectares of Viognier in the world unknowingly. This inspired him to help Viognier survive in the world, along with the great Georges Vernay of Condrieu, France.
- John helped organized Hospice du Rhone, an international celebration of these wines and the largest of its kind.
- During the existence of Alban Vineyards, California’s Viognier plantings went from 0 to over 2000 acres today; Syrah went from a few hundred to over 17,000. John plans to revive to do the same with Grenache.
- In Robert Parker’s The World’s Greatest Wine Estates, ten of the 22 wineries included from California made at least one ‘Rhone’ variety and two made them exclusively.
- Pair this with game meats.