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2005 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN LUIS OBISPO
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 77050-2005-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($74) Glass-staining purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of spicy red and dark berries, olive, tobacco, iodine and charred meat; I could smell this for hours. Spicy blackberry, cassis and bitter cherries are complicated by violet pastille and suave vanilla and cinnamon. Gains weight but retains clarity on the long, juicy finish. The tannins make a late appearance but are quickly buried under the sheer volume of fruit.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Rich and beefy, with plush smoke, blueberry, blackberry and spicy, leathery scents. Fans out and gains depth and complexity, picking up exotic spice notes.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The intense, inky/ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Syrah Reva Vineyard boasts gorgeous notes of graphite, smoke, roasted meat, herbs, and oodles of blackberries and creme de cassis. This full-bodied, fabulously rich Syrah is a superb success for the vintage. The good news is, there are 2,500 six-packs.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 2006-2021
    Author: jjstrand
  • Anonymous | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2008-2014
    Author: Rhonda2too
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Author: Noel H
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Jon S495
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: tdwclark
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2008-2016
    Author: David W294
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2013-2015
    Author: Pali Wine Guy
  • Self | Rating:

    Great Syrah!
    Author: Carissa
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Obviously quite young, but with very soft tannins, so also quite drinkable. Rich flavors of meat, dark berries, with a hint of vegetal notes. I wonder if this has the structure to age, though.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2012
    Author: Khamaj
  • Self | Rating: 97

    This is so ludicrously black that it in fact has no rim. It is as impenetrable as the sky on a moonless night. Seriously endowed and full of imbedded intensity, hinting at charred meats, boysenberry, blackberry ganache, freshly paved road tar, violet and peppercorns that are hauntingly polished, poised and all in reserve. This young Syrah is a volcano waiting to erupt, becoming more and more expansive in the mouth as the wine evolves but always retaining a beautiful sense of tension and symmetry. Textured to the 9?s and begging for some time in the cellar to unwind its hidden potential
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating:

    Wow, black as night, others have said nose of tar and beef blood - couldn't disagree, massive palate with nice sweet tannins, little fruit
    Author: Mkbc99
  • Self | Rating:

    Wow. I felt like we could light a match and use this as rocket fuel. Decanted for two hours. The nose was an initial brilliant mix of dark cherry, black raspberry, and beef jerky. First taste was rich with lots of boysenberry, cola, and earthy flavors. Then at about 30 minutes the whole thing turned into an absolute alcoholic train wreck. Never had that happen before. Almost a Jekyll and Hyde wine. First 30 minutes - 94 points. Post 1 hour - 77 points. Going to cork it and see how the rest performs tomorrow. No score given for now.
    Author: TMac
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.

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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

  • 1152 bottles owned
  • 287 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 287 collectors)