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The May 2022 Auction: Part 3

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Auction Ends: 5/19/2022 6:00:00 PM PDT

Lot #495. Alban Vineyards Proprietary Red Seymour's Vineyard Pandora 2013

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L
Score: 100 JD.
Similar to the classic Grenache, yet with even more polish and finesse on the palate, the 2013 Pandora is another monumental effort. Lavender, cassis, black cherry liqueur, flowers and toasted spice emerge from this huge, ethereally textured, sensationally rich Grenache that's every bit as good as the perfect 2012. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring to show at its best, and will have 20 years of overall longevity. If I had to come up with a list of the greatest wine estates in the world, Alban Vineyards would certainly be on it. Readers need to understand that this estate is an anomaly, lying at the very end of the Edna Valley, and the only estate in 50+ miles making wines of this quality. Vintages here marginally track the larger Central Coast theme, yet not always. These are singular wines. John commented that he thinks 2015 is a step down over 2012, 2013 and 2014, but that it’s better than 2011. I only tasted his whites, but like everyone else in 2015, his yields were decimated, so there’s very little of these to go around. I'll report on the reds from barrel next year. His 2014s are all terrific as well, with full-bodied, ripe, classic Alban Styles. Where this estate doesn’t track with the rest of the Central Coast is with his 2013s and 2012s; in general, the 2012s are the sexier, more open-knit wines, and the 2013s more concentrated and structured. In John’s case, the vintages are reversed, with the 2012s showing more structure and the 2013s just packed with sweet fruit. As I’ve written in the past, for the life of me, I can’t understand why no one else in the Edna Valley tries to make wine anywhere close to this level of quality. Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, Aug 2017
Provenance: The Mode Cellar
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $160

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