2002 Alban "Pandora" Edna Valley Rhône Blend

SKU #1171597 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2002 Pandora (a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah) boasts explosive notes of kirsch liqueur, a dense ruby/purple color, considerable elegance, wonderful sweetness as well as ripeness, and a superb 55-second finish. Arguably the finest Pandora produced by John Alban to date, it should drink well young, yet last for 10-15 years. (RP)  (8/2004)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium ruby. High-toned, slightly porty aromas of black raspberry and dark chocolate. Extremely dense and concentrated, with high-toned flavors of raspberry, violet and spices, plus a whiff of meat. This conveys an impression of great energy and definition, and yet it also comes across as seamless. Finishes superlong, with a porty sweetness mitigated by powerful grip. (ST)  (8/2005)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Dark, saturated color, with exotic aromas of crushed blackberry, black cherry and blueberry fruit that's intense and concentrated, with an underlying core of chewy, dusty tannins. Not for the faint of heart, this wine shows how good Grenache can be. Contains 15 percent Syrah.  (2/2005)

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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.