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2002 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah

USA California Central Coast San Luis Obispo Edna Valley

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92 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC 1/2005
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 1/2004

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Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah 2002
A Perfect Rhone syrah from California's Edna Valley via John Alban
Joe M.
Joe M.

Rated  on May 12, 2008

A sublime wine from the Edna Valley. Last Thursday night I opened a bottle of Alban, 2002, Reva syrah. John Alban is a genius. Old world, new world, who cares, this wine was sublime. Yes it's a California wine but I doubt French syrah fans could tell. A few years in the bottle made this wine integrate beautifully (though it would easily keep for another 15 years). Waves of dark fruit were washing over my palate, but so were those of roasted meat and earthy brown spice and black tea, and cacao. Super fleshy, silky mouthfeel, perfectly balanced and a nice fine grain tannic structure. The finish on this wine is a treat to experience, it went on forever but just made me want to drink some more. It just wouldn't quit. This powerful yet elegant wine is truly a joy for a syrah fan.

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