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2004 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban 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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2004 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Edna Valley

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

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2006

($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.

94 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Kozlow 93-97
05/16/2008
by Kozlow10945301
Alban Reva is a slow evolving wine and I suspect the 2004 will massively improve.

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Syrah

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