Alban John

Er ist ein großes Vorbild für junge Önologen und ist die prägende Figur der kalifornischen RHONE RANGER. Ohne ihn würde es diese Bewegung erst gar nicht geben. Die Rede ist von:


Die Presse überschlägt sich förmlich mit Lob, hier einige Stimmen:
„John and Lorraine Alban are unquestionably the leading Central Coast pioneers of wines made from Rhône Valley varietals, and their winery is an educational center and a virtual mecca for young winemakers aspiring to make great Syrah, Grenache, Roussanne, Viognier and Mourvèdre. John Alban began planting his estate vineyards in 1990 with what were then regarded as unknown and little-respected varietals.“
- ROBERT PARKER, THE WORLDS’ GREATEST WINE ESTATES 2005: “…John Alban has always been one of California’s finest viticulturalists. There is no question that the fruit from his vineyards is as fabulous as can be produced in California…” Intro to Alban Vineyards chapter as one of the 23 wineries in the United States recognized as among THE WORLD’S GREATEST.”

- ANTONIO GALLONI: “It is fair to say no one has done more for the Rhone Ranger movement in this country than John Alban. First and foremost, the Alban wines have led the way in terms of quality for many years. A founder of the hugely successful Hospice du Rhone, Alban has also planted and developed a number of clones that bear his name and that are used widely throughout California.”
- JEB DUNNUCK: If I had to come up with a list of the greatest wine estate in the world, Alban Vineyards would certainly be in there. 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.
- STEVE TANZER: “John Alban … defied the received wisdom by turning his property into one of this country’s greatest sites for red and white Rhône Valley varieties”