2006 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate 750ml

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WA 100   WS 97   IWC 94(+?)   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

The 2006 Syrah Reva, coming from parcels of dark, volcanic soil, has off-the-chart richness and intensity. This thick, opaque-purple colored wine offers up notes of scorched earth, ground pepper, and blackberry liqueur intermixed with cassis, licorice, camphor, and tar. The wine is spectacular in every sense. Full-bodied and certainly not for wimps, this is a remarkably concentrated yet very nuanced and intense wine that should age for 20 more years.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 190

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

A luxurious style, rich, layered and dramatic, yet stays stylishly textured and balanced, offering a fleshy core of deep blackberry, wild berry and plum, with shades of tar, mineral, pepper and sage.

Drink Dates: 2010-2022
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

($74; 16.2% alcohol) Glass-staining purple. Blackberry, boysenberry and licorice pastille on the nose, with mounting spice and floral notes and a strong wallop of cracked pepper. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit flavors expand with air and pick up strong spicecake and candied flower notes, along with velvety tannins. More backward than the Lorraine today, and showing a darker profile. The finish completely stains the palate and lingers with intense floral and spicy persistence. This is still a baby.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: gotwine
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 07/11/2015
gift to Aurora silent auction

Rating: 99
Author: David W294
Trust Rating: 62
Tasted On: 04/12/2013
Drink Dates: 2010-2039

Rating: 98
Author: Carlo L
Trust Rating: 80
Tasted On: 09/22/2012
Decanted for 5 hours prior to consumption. Well received once again. Bouquet of flowers and berry perfume jumps from the glass. Purple to the rim, full bodied and juicy. Well integrated tannins, viscous, broad mid palate and palate coating dark fruits and floral notes....outstanding.

Rating: 96
Author: Noel H
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 03/13/2015

Rating: 93
Author: Jon S495
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/17/2013

Average rating: 97, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

449 bottles owned by 130 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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