International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 TanzerIssue: September/October 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Dark, 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.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 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.Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Self | Rating: 96Drink Dates: 2006-2026Author: jjstrand
Anonymous | Rating: 94Drink Dates: 2007-2012Author: Rhonda2too
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2018-2018Author: Andrew
Self | Rating: 92Author: Hal1
Self | Rating: 98Author: Passionfish
Self | Rating: 95Drink Dates: 2009-2017Author: CBS Wine
Self | Rating: 90Interesting 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.Author: Tbone200
Self | Rating: 94more on the herbal flavor side instead of fruit side. long finish and elegant. Contradict to my prior expectation of big and brutal. very enjoyableAuthor: Seaway J
Self | Rating: 94So good. Olives and herbs on the nose. Tannins are softening. Could have waited longer though. Great wine.Author: JCashman
Self | Rating: 96This 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.Author: Michael C
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.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 841 bottles owned
- 219 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 219 collectors)