2004 Alban - Syrah Lorraine Estate 750ml

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WA 100   WS 95   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

More layered and concentrated, with incredible depth and richness, the 2004 Syrah Lorraine comes from chalk and flint benefits and sees the standard extended barrel aging regime, with close to 42 months spent in oak. According to John, it's the wine that's the most ready to go, no matter the age. It hits all of my sweet spots with its brilliant aromatics, decadent texture and blockbuster finish. Showing traces of the marine-like saltiness that's found in the Reva, it offers up a smorgasbord of aromas and flavors, with black raspberry, creme de cassis, salted beef and liquid smoke comprising the bulk of the bouquet. Full-bodied, seamless and balanced, with fabulous concentration and nothing out of place, it's an incredible expression of Syrah that could come from nowhere else. Drinking superbly, it too will have at least another decade of prime drinking.

Drink Dates: 2014-2024
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Dark, rich and hearty. Packed with pure blackberry, blueberry and wild berry fruit that's intense, concentrated and tightly focused. Finishes with a long, layered finish that keeps repeating the berry themes, with a dash of mocha. 300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 99
Author: jjstrand
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 12/29/2010
Drink Dates: 2006-2026

Rating: 93
Author: Thanos
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/25/2013
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
Awsome depth, great nose. Long and loaded with fruit berries. Drink in 10 yeras...

Average rating: 98, based on 4 reviews
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355 bottles owned by 175 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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