In 2000, a vintage menaced by rain near harvest and unseasonably cool weather (hardly a promising scenario), John Alban made four of the greatest Rhône-style wines in California history. Go figure. How did these wines turn out so spectacular? "That's a great question, one I'm certainly asking myself," says Alban, who succeeded with wines that are so rich, extracted and concentrated that they set a new benchmark for quality in this up-and-coming wine category.
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