Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 100Reminding me of the 2006, the 2014 Reva comes from multiple sites of darker volcanic soils on the estate. It offers a singular, incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberry, seaweed, iodine, and ground sage. This massive, full-bodied wine packs a remarkable amount of fruit and richness, yet stays elegant, graceful, and beautifully balanced, with silky, silky tannins. It’s slightly more balanced and approachable than the 2006 and will drink brilliantly for 20-25 years. It’s a monumental wine from an incredible winemaker.Drink Dates: 2018 - 2043Author: Jeb DunnuckIssue: The Brilliant 2016s from Paso Robles
Vinous | Rating: 95Opaque ruby. Explosive aromas of dark fruit liqueur, incense, cracked pepper, violet pastille and spicecake are complicated by olive paste and cola flourishes. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering impressively concentrated yet energetic black and blue fruit, chewing tobacco and violet pastille flavors that are brightened by a jolt of smoky minerality. Smooth and appealingly sweet on the strikingly long, floral-driven finish, which is shaped by round, steadily building tannins.Drink Dates: 2022 - 2032Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: Jan 2019
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Dynamic and polished, with a structured core swaddled in rich black raspberry, river stone, licorice and smoky beef accents that glide toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026. 1,100 cases made. — TFDrink Dates: 2018-2026Author: Tim FishIssue: Dec 31, 2018
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