2012 Alban, Viognier Central Coast.
No introduction needed for John Alban, and his wines, both of which are legendary when it comes to quality and style, being one of first Rhone Rangers Alban has a huge following and a well deserved history of critically acclaimed wines to his resume. The entry level Central Coast Viognier has been a super deal and great example of this varietal for many years, but a slight bump up in quality and complexity can be found in this fantastic 2012 wine and you should grab this while you can if you like this grape. The 2012 Alban Central Coast Viognier starts with a smoky/perfumed bouquet with loads of honeysuckle and intense apricot leading to a round and medium full palate of nectarine, apricot, tropical essences, liquid minerals and fleshy citrus. Rich and generous in the mouth, but with vivid flavors and tangy peach pit along with some vibrant acidity. Drink now and often, while interesting with a few years of age, it is always a wine that seems better suited to enjoying as fresh as possible.
($25 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($24.95)