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1999 Alban Vineyards Syrah Lorraine Estate Edna Valley
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About Alban Vineyards

John Alban makes some of the most aromatically complex and explosively rich wines in the New World from traditional Rhone varieties. Since 1989 he’s worked entirely with fruit from his own superb clonal material, planted on chalk-rich hillside vineyards in Edna Valley.

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1999 Alban Vineyards Syrah Lorraine Estate Edna Valley

Producer: Alban Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Edna Valley

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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2002

Saturated medium ruby. Knockout essence-of-syrah nose combines black raspberry, bitter chocolate, espresso, roasted meat, pepper and exotic spices. Bright, focused and intensely flavored, with a creamy richness and terrific verve. Finishes long, juicy and sweet, with exotic notes of woodsmoke and prosciutto.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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