Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Refined yet dynamic, with a structured and balanced core of acidity and tannins framed by formidable black raspberry, smoky meat, licorice and orange zest flavors that build momentum toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026. 2,000 cases made.Author: Tim Fish
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96Very deep purple-black colored, the 2013 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard reveals a drop-dead beautiful nose of violets, potpourri and black forest cake over a core of preserved plums, mulberries and creme de cassis plus a waft of star anise. Full-bodied, rich and flamboyant in the mouth, the seductively ripe, generous fruit is well-framed by satin-textured tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and perfumed.Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Rating: 94Youthful purple. Expressive, mineral-accented aromas of black and blue fruit liqueur, licorice and incense, given spicy lift by a peppery quality. Plush and expansive on the palate, offering sweet cassis, blueberry and fruitcake flavors that show excellent depth and a suave floral pastille flourish. Delivers an impressive blend of richness and vivacity and closes sappy, smooth and very long, featuring slow-building tannins and a lingering mineral note. - Josh Raynolds
Self | Rating:Drink Dates: 2019-2019Author: Andrew
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
- 179 bottles owned
- 26 collectors