2001 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate 750ml

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WS 94   WA 93   IWC 91   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Tremendous; dark, dense, rich and concentrated, with layers of beef carpaccio, blackberry, wild berry, exotic peppery spices and touches of tar and herbs, finishing with a long, rich, detailed finish. 1,450 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2004-2012
Author: James Laube

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The saturated blue/purple-hued 2001 Syrah Reva Vineyard Estate reveals a huge nose of melted licorice, crushed rocks, creme de cassis, blackberries, pepper, and spice. This voluptuous, rich, intense Syrah possesses a 40+ second finish. This beauty should hit its prime in 1-2 years, and last for 10-15. Most of these wines are sold via Alban's mailing list, so if you love Rhone Ranger wines, it's time to enjoy these remarkable offerings.

Drink Dates: 2005-2019
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 154

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($44) Dark ruby. Sexy, perfumed nose combines violet, bitter chocolate, gunflint and exotic woodsmoke. Sweet, lush and gamey, with captivating flavors of gunflint, game, dark chocolate and flowers. Like a new-wave Northern Rhone wine. Finishes juicy, gamey and long, with fine tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 112

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/15/2009
Ruby and magenta upon opening. Darkened considerably by the end of the night. Hickory smoke and roast beef initially on the nose. Ripe raspberry and cedar. Perfumed, berries and white flowers -- no trace of alcohol (15.6%). Touches of bay leaf and matchstick which add complexity. Crushed rock and licorice. Blueberry.

1 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 94
Author: Pierre T184
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/13/2010
Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Dark ruby color. A sweet meaty bouquet with good fruit on the nose. Soft fruity on the palate with good acidity and jammy blackberry flavors and a long finish. Soft wood overtones. Extremely satisfying syrah with just the right amount of alcohol and tannins.

Rating: 93
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 06/24/2013
This is. A huge wine (15.6% alcohol) that drinks lighter than it is. Probably close to its peak now, with tannins in the background and a nice, s lightly smoky palate. A very good, he w world style Syrah.

Average rating: 93, based on 6 reviews
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411 bottles owned by 151 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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