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2008 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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2008 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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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2012

(raised in French oak, 80% of it new, for 44 months; 15.1% alcohol):  Glass-staining purple.  Sexy smoke- and spice-accented aromas of candied black and blue fruits and potpourri, with a suggestion of black pepper building with air.  Lush and expansive on the palate, offering deeply pitched but lively cassis and blueberry flavors and a suave floral pastille nuance.  The spicy note comes back strong on the finish, which shows only a hint of tannins.     

96+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

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