2005 Alban - Syrah Lorraine Estate 750ml

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WA 100   IWC 93-96   WS 96   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

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.

Drink Dates: 2007-2022
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 172

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93-96

(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.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

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.

Drink Dates: 2009-2016
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 100
Author: jjstrand
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/29/2010
Drink Dates: 2007-2029

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Rating: 99
Author: GiantDolphan
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 11/28/2009
This wine will blow you away....

1 of 1 people found this review useful.


Rating: 96
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 01/17/2015
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Average rating: 97, based on 6 reviews
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867 bottles owned by 362 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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