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Alban Forsythe Mourvedre 95ag 2009

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The 2009 The Mason (Mourvedre) is every bit as beautiful as it has always been. Layered, sumptuous and drop-dead gorgeous, the 2009 boasts superb depth and textural richness. The Alban house style shines through in this dark, sumptuous beauty. Mocha, smoke, tobacco and licorice overtones flesh out on the huge, dazzling finish...95" Antonio Galloni 8/13 "The 2009 Forsythe (Mourvedre) bursts from the glass with exotic, super-ripe fruit, game, savory herbs, black fruit and menthol. There is a purity and intensity in the Forsythe that is hard to capture with words, but it’s all there in the glass. I can’t wait to see how the 2009 shapes up over the coming year. Forsythe is Lorraine Alban’s maiden name. Originally, the wine was intended to be used for mostly home consumption, but Alban fans will be thrilled to know small quantities will be available commercially as well. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019...92-94" WA 8/12 "This is a fabulous set of wines from John and Lorraine Alban. Quite simply, I was blown away by what I tasted. As I noted last year, the whites are increasingly made in a more energetic style, not a bad thing as the fruit is already so expressive from the start. Over the years, a similar evolution has taken place with the reds. The inky, black color of the Syrahs is now gone. Today, Alban favors lengthy barrel aging for his top reds, a technique he compares to “braising” in cooking, which requires softer and gentler fermentations at the outset. Beginning around 2006, Alban started doing fewer pump overs and in general encourages longer, slower fermentations. The wines used to go into barrel with some sugar still left to ferment, while today they go in drier than in the past. Over the years, new oak levels have also come down. Most of the current releases are 2008s, a vintage Alban describes as characterized by a spring frost, drought and cloudy days with less heat and sunlight than is typically the case. Readers may want to check out my video interview with John Alban for more on current and upcoming vintages.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Mourvèdre
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The 2009 The Mason (Mourvedre) is every bit as beautiful as it has always been. Layered, sumptuous and drop-dead gorgeous, the 2009 boasts superb depth and textural richness. The Alban house style shines through in this dark, sumptuous beauty. Mocha, smoke, tobacco and licorice overtones flesh out on the huge, dazzling finish...95" Antonio Galloni 8/13 "The 2009 Forsythe (Mourvedre) bursts from the glass with exotic, super-ripe fruit, game, savory herbs, black fruit and menthol. There is a purity and intensity in the Forsythe that is hard to capture with words, but it’s all there in the glass. I can’t wait to see how the 2009 shapes up over the coming year. Forsythe is Lorraine Alban’s maiden name. Originally, the wine was intended to be used for mostly home consumption, but Alban fans will be thrilled to know small quantities will be available commercially as well. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019...92-94" WA 8/12 "This is a fabulous set of wines from John and Lorraine Alban. Quite simply, I was blown away by what I tasted. As I noted last year, the whites are increasingly made in a more energetic style, not a bad thing as the fruit is already so expressive from the start. Over the years, a similar evolution has taken place with the reds. The inky, black color of the Syrahs is now gone. Today, Alban favors lengthy barrel aging for his top reds, a technique he compares to “braising” in cooking, which requires softer and gentler fermentations at the outset. Beginning around 2006, Alban started doing fewer pump overs and in general encourages longer, slower fermentations. The wines used to go into barrel with some sugar still left to ferment, while today they go in drier than in the past. Over the years, new oak levels have also come down. Most of the current releases are 2008s, a vintage Alban describes as characterized by a spring frost, drought and cloudy days with less heat and sunlight than is typically the case. Readers may want to check out my video interview with John Alban for more on current and upcoming vintages.

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