2004 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate 750ml

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2004 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate

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International Wine Cellar | 92

($74) Saturated ruby. Deep aromas of blackberry, violet, bacon fat, smoked meat and mocha. Then supersweet, chewy and lush, with explosive dark berry flavors complicated by game, charred oak, mocha and a saline nuance. Finishes with big, broad, dusty tannins and superb length. I actually thought this lacked a bit of verve on the nose, but there's plenty of acidity and grip on the back.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 128

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Wine Advocate | 95

The 2004 Syrah Reva is classic in style, with its iodine, olive and salty, marine-like character front and center. Coming from the gravelly, sandy clay loam soils on the estate, it shows more textbook Syrah character with air (very northern Rhone-like) and has first rate complexity, gorgeous dark fruit and brilliant overall purity. Showing almost no evolution, with full-bodied richness, fine tannin and a balanced, fresh and lengthy profile, it will continue to drink beautifully for another decade or more.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | 94

Dark, intense and concentrated, with beefy, peppery wild berry and herbal scents joined by hints of tar and tobacco. Focused and deftly balanced. Tannic yet smooth-textured, ending with dashes of espresso and cedar. 2,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: JCashman
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/16/2014
So good. Olives and herbs on the nose. Tannins are softening. Could have waited longer though. Great wine.
Score: 96
Author: Michael C
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/10/2013
This is a beast! Need a couple of houses to breath. We opened without decanting and tasted throughout for 5-6 hours. This alien kept evolving and settled down after 2-3 hours. My friend mentioned cow blood and we could actually feel that when we first opened. Very weird feeling at first. But it evolved into a nice earthy fruity flavor unlike anything else. A very good wine.
Score: 94
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/10/2013
more on the herbal flavor side instead of fruit side. long finish and elegant. Contradict to my prior expectation of big and brutal. very enjoyable
Score: 92
Author: Hal1
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 02/11/2013
Score: 90
Author: Tbone200
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/18/2012
Interesting rich nose but extremely hot. The alcohol is impossible to hide despite good integrated fruit. Still fresh but out of balance in my opinion. This was my last bottle and I am not going to miss it.

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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