2005 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate 750ml

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WA 96   IWC 94   WS 94   Collector 94
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

The intense, inky/ruby/purple-tinged 2005 Syrah Reva Vineyard boasts gorgeous notes of graphite, smoke, roasted meat, herbs, and oodles of blackberries and creme de cassis. This full-bodied, fabulously rich Syrah is a superb success for the vintage. The good news is, there are 2,500 six-packs.

Drink Dates: 2006-2021
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 172

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

($74) Glass-staining purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of spicy red and dark berries, olive, tobacco, iodine and charred meat; I could smell this for hours. Spicy blackberry, cassis and bitter cherries are complicated by violet pastille and suave vanilla and cinnamon. Gains weight but retains clarity on the long, juicy finish. The tannins make a late appearance but are quickly buried under the sheer volume of fruit.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

Rich and beefy, with plush smoke, blueberry, blackberry and spicy, leathery scents. Fans out and gains depth and complexity, picking up exotic spice notes.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 96
Author: tdwclark
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 11/07/2013

Rating: 94
Author: Jon S495
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 06/28/2013

Rating: 94
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 01/02/2015
Drink Dates: 2008-2016

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Rating: 92
Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 01/02/2015

Rating: 89
Author: Noel H
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/25/2013

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1981 bottles owned by 682 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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