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2004 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate 750ml
2004 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate
USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley
Red / Syrah
2004 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 128

($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.

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WA
95

Wine Advocate Author: Jeb Dunnuck Issue: 212

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.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews

94

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.

96

Michael C 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.

94

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

92

Hal1 Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 02/11/2013

90

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.

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