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2003 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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2003 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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92-94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 2005

($65; 16.5% alcohol) Saturated black ruby. Wonderfully sweet, nuanced nose combines red raspberry, gunflint, dark chocolate and iodine; a bit redder in character and more volcanic than the Reva. Thick and powerful in the mouth, with a penetrating sweetness of fruit and a superrich dark chocolateflavor. The pHs in 2003 were the highest ever registered at this estate, Alban notes, yet this wine is still a reasonable 3.7. "We have never added acid," Alban told me. "Our problem on these soils is getting the acids to go down." The yield here was just a ton and a half of fruit per acre.

97 Points | Wine Spectator
99 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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