2000 Alban - Syrah Seymour's Vineyard 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley/ Red / Syrah
2000 Alban - Syrah Seymour's Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 90?

($85) Opaque ruby-purple. Superripe, almost porty aromas of kirsch, black licorice and baking chocolate. Densely packed, superripe and a bit high-toned, with creamy, sweet flavors of baked fruits and violet. Ultimately quite seamless and even rather elegant. Finishes slightly aggressive, with a note of hot stones.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Advocate | 96

The luxury cuvee of 2000 Syrah Seymour's Vineyard (named after John Alban's father) is a Syrah on steroids. A bottle left open for two weeks revealed no signs of oxidation. Amazing! The inky/blue/purple color is followed by a wine reminiscent of dry vintage port. Notes of scorched earth, blackberry liqueur, and asphalt are presented in an unctuous, thick, chewy style with marvelous extract and multiple dimensions. This is a tour de force in winemaking, and certainly any Rhone Ranger aficionado should be beating a path to Alban Vineyards to get a bottle or two of this elixir.

Drink Dates: 2002-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 148

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Wine Spectator | 96

Tremendous color, complexity, concentration and depth of flavor. For all the flavors that unravel--espresso, blackberry, pencil lead, currant and cedary oak--there's a wonderful sense of harmony, elegance and finesse. Finishes long, with tight focus and ripe, beautifully integrated tannins. 75 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 95
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/14/2003
Drink Dates: 2006-2011
Black purple colored wine with black currant, peanut butter, licorice, charcoal, hickory, white pepper, and dark soy sauce aromas. Mouth coating thick and rich flavors on the palate with persistent length. Very dense at present despite the aromatic complexity shown.
More Vintages and Sizes of Alban - Syrah Seymour's Vineyard:

2004 (750ml)

About This Producer


Alban Vineyards is a California wine estate producing various Rhone style blends and varietal wine. The winery is located in Edna Valley, near Arroyo Grande in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County.

Starting in 1985, John Alban planted grapes for other people until he bought an estate in 1989. With a focus on creating wines made from Rhone Valley varieties, Alban became one of the pioneers in the Rhone Rangers movement, and is considered one of the most influential American Rhone producers.

Within a 250-acre (100 ha) area, the vineyard area extends 60 acres (24 ha), and is planted with varieties Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. Grenache and Roussanne are also sourced from vineyards located in the warmer Paso Robles AVA.

Among the vineyard designate wines produced are the Lorraine Vineyard, Reva Vineyard Syrah and Seymour's Vineyard Syrah. Alban also produces Pandora, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, and a botrytized dessert wine.

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