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2005 Alban - Syrah Lorraine Estate Syrah - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley - Red

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USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley

Red Syrah
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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... More »

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98
WS 96
IWC 93-96
WA 100
Drink Dates
Comm: 2007-2029 WA: 2007-2022 WS: 2009-2016
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IWC 93-96
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 135

(scheduled to be bottled in December 2008) Bright purple. Hugely aromatic nose shows full-blown red and dark berry scents, with zesty minerality adding lift. Deep and strikingly sweet, with lush raspberry and bitter cherry pit flavors framed by silky tannins. Finishes with outstanding persistence and vivid red fruit preserve flavors. Very, very impressive.

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WA 100
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 172
Drink Dates 2007-2022

An absolutely monumental wine is the 2005 Syrah Lorraine Vineyard. The finest Syrah John Alban has yet produced, its inky/ruby/purple hue is accompanied by gorgeously sweet aromas of flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, blackberries, and subtle hints of smoky oak, bacon fat, and licorice. In the mouth, the wine is seamlessly constructed with fabulous fruit, brilliant concentration, and virtually perfect balance. Moreover, the finish lingers on the palate for over 60 seconds. It should drink beautifully for 15 or more years.

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WS 96
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2009-2016

Rich and full-bodied, offering a bold, ripe, complex mix of mocha, spicy berry, beef and peppery scents. For all its size and depth of flavor, this is elegant and polished, ending with supple tannins and tar and mineral notes. Smooth, long and expansive.

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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 86.416%
Tasted On 01/17/2015

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Tasted On 12/29/2010
Drink Dates 2007-2029
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Author GiantDolphan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.5%
Tasted On 11/28/2009

This wine will blow you away....

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