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2004 Alban - Syrah Reva Estate Syrah - USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley - Red

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley

Red Syrah
Producer Notes

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... More »

WA 95
WS 94
IWC 92
Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2014 WA: 2014-2024 WS: 2007-2012
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IWC 92
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 128

($74) Saturated ruby. Deep aromas of blackberry, violet, bacon fat, smoked meat and mocha. Then supersweet, chewy and lush, with explosive dark berry flavors complicated by game, charred oak, mocha and a saline nuance. Finishes with big, broad, dusty tannins and superb length. I actually thought this lacked a bit of verve on the nose, but there's plenty of acidity and grip on the back.

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WA 95
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 212
Drink Dates 2014-2024

The 2004 Syrah Reva is classic in style, with its iodine, olive and salty, marine-like character front and center. Coming from the gravelly, sandy clay loam soils on the estate, it shows more textbook Syrah character with air (very northern Rhone-like) and has first rate complexity, gorgeous dark fruit and brilliant overall purity. Showing almost no evolution, with full-bodied richness, fine tannin and a balanced, fresh and lengthy profile, it will continue to drink beautifully for another decade or more.

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WS 94
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007-2012

Dark, intense and concentrated, with beefy, peppery wild berry and herbal scents joined by hints of tar and tobacco. Focused and deftly balanced. Tannic yet smooth-textured, ending with dashes of espresso and cedar. 2,000 cases made.

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Author JCashman
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.958%
Tasted On 05/16/2014

So good. Olives and herbs on the nose. Tannins are softening. Could have waited longer though. Great wine.

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Author Michael C
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 02/10/2013

This is a beast! Need a couple of houses to breath. We opened without decanting and tasted throughout for 5-6 hours. This alien kept evolving and settled down after 2-3 hours. My friend mentioned cow blood and we could actually feel that when we first opened. Very weird feeling at first. But it evolved into a nice earthy fruity flavor unlike anything else. A very good wine.

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Author Seaway J
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.387%
Tasted On 02/10/2013

more on the herbal flavor side instead of fruit side. long finish and elegant. Contradict to my prior expectation of big and brutal. very enjoyable

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Author Hal1
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.939%
Tasted On 02/11/2013
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Author Tbone200
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.138%
Tasted On 12/18/2012

Interesting rich nose but extremely hot. The alcohol is impossible to hide despite good integrated fruit. Still fresh but out of balance in my opinion. This was my last bottle and I am not going to miss it.

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Author jjstrand
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 12/29/2010
Drink Dates 2006-2026
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Author Passionfish
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Tasted On 11/17/2007
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Author CBS Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.304%
Tasted On 06/07/2009
Drink Dates 2009-2017
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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 94.737%
Tasted On 04/06/2009
Drink Dates 2007-2012
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