Alban Vineyards

Reva Alban Estate Vineyard Syrah

9.3434 ratings
9.2104 pro ratings
Edna Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Reviewed this a few weeks ago. It's in it's prime drinking window. Simply delicious with excellent; balance, structure, tension and length. Just heaven in the mouth. Brought it to our friends house for dinner. If she wanted to own her own restaurant or work as a chef, she would receive at least a one star from the Michelin Guide. I thought this would pair well with her Hungarian Rustic Chicken Paprikas. They were not great together, they were Heaven.

Reviewed this a few weeks ago. It's in it's prime drinking window. Simply delicious with excellent; balance, structure, tension and length. Just heaven in the mouth. Brought it to our friends house for dinner. If she wanted to own her own restaurant or work as a chef, she would receive at least a one star from the Michelin Guide. I thought this would pair well with her Hungarian Rustic Chicken Paprikas. They were not great together, they were Heaven.

Oct 1st, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Alban Vineyards as they state in their label "The first American winery & vineyard established exclusively for Rhone varieties." This Syrah has settled in nicely after 10 years in bottle. I would say it's peaking. On the nose; scorched earth, sweet & slowly baked; blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, plum, huckleberries and dark cherries. Mint, eucalyptus, milk chocolate, black olive, notes of liqueur, crushed rocks, loamy top soil and lilacs, violets and lavender. The palate is rich and nicely resolved. The body medium-medium plus. The fruits are ripe, creamy and juicy; blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, plum, huckleberries, dark cherries and strawberries haunt the long fruit set. Mint, eucalyptus, sage, smoked meat, milk chocolate, black olive, notes of liqueur, crushed dry rocks, gritty volcanic minerals, scorched earth, a little bacon fat, underbrush, a whiff of black pepper, lilacs, violets and lavender, great rich, round, fresh acidity with a very good, long, balanced, well structured, finish with length and staying power. I prefer this over the Cayuse I had a couple of weeks ago. Much better balance of fruit, earth, etc.. photos of their Edna Valley vineyard, fruit that needs netting to protect it from the birds, John Alban and the Alban barrel room. Producer notes and history...In 1985, John Alban planted grapes for other people until he bought an estate in 1989. He focused on wines made from Rhône Valley varietals. Alban is one of the pioneers of the Rhone Rangers movement. They are considered to one of the more influential American Rhone producers. In beginning to grow Viognier, Alban said, "I almost single-handedly doubled the world's acreage," referring to a time when its cultivation was reduced to 50 acres or 20 ha in two areas of the Rhône Valley, Condrieu and Château-Grillet. Alban's work, along with that of Josh Jensen of Calera Wine Company (just sold to Duckhorn, ugh!) in San Benito County, helped to significantly expand plantings of Viognier in California at a time when the variety was near extinction. Alban has 250-acre or 100 ha under vine. Their vineyard area extends 60 acres or 24 ha, planted with Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. The Alban wines produced are; Lorraine Vineyard, Reva Vineyard Syrah, Seymour's Vineyard Syrah, Patrina Alban Estate Syrah and Pandora, a blend of Grenache and Syrah. They also used to produce a dessert wine from 5% botrytis grapes and aged in 50% new oak, called Rotten Luck. You can still find past vintages on Wine-Searcher.

Alban Vineyards as they state in their label "The first American winery & vineyard established exclusively for Rhone varieties." This Syrah has settled in nicely after 10 years in bottle. I would say it's peaking. On the nose; scorched earth, sweet & slowly baked; blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, plum, huckleberries and dark cherries. Mint, eucalyptus, milk chocolate, black olive, notes of liqueur, crushed rocks, loamy top soil and lilacs, violets and lavender. The palate is rich and nicely resolved. The body medium-medium plus. The fruits are ripe, creamy and juicy; blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, plum, huckleberries, dark cherries and strawberries haunt the long fruit set. Mint, eucalyptus, sage, smoked meat, milk chocolate, black olive, notes of liqueur, crushed dry rocks, gritty volcanic minerals, scorched earth, a little bacon fat, underbrush, a whiff of black pepper, lilacs, violets and lavender, great rich, round, fresh acidity with a very good, long, balanced, well structured, finish with length and staying power. I prefer this over the Cayuse I had a couple of weeks ago. Much better balance of fruit, earth, etc.. photos of their Edna Valley vineyard, fruit that needs netting to protect it from the birds, John Alban and the Alban barrel room. Producer notes and history...In 1985, John Alban planted grapes for other people until he bought an estate in 1989. He focused on wines made from Rhône Valley varietals. Alban is one of the pioneers of the Rhone Rangers movement. They are considered to one of the more influential American Rhone producers. In beginning to grow Viognier, Alban said, "I almost single-handedly doubled the world's acreage," referring to a time when its cultivation was reduced to 50 acres or 20 ha in two areas of the Rhône Valley, Condrieu and Château-Grillet. Alban's work, along with that of Josh Jensen of Calera Wine Company (just sold to Duckhorn, ugh!) in San Benito County, helped to significantly expand plantings of Viognier in California at a time when the variety was near extinction. Alban has 250-acre or 100 ha under vine. Their vineyard area extends 60 acres or 24 ha, planted with Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. The Alban wines produced are; Lorraine Vineyard, Reva Vineyard Syrah, Seymour's Vineyard Syrah, Patrina Alban Estate Syrah and Pandora, a blend of Grenache and Syrah. They also used to produce a dessert wine from 5% botrytis grapes and aged in 50% new oak, called Rotten Luck. You can still find past vintages on Wine-Searcher.

Sep 9th, 2017
Andrew Berge

After 10 years this is coming together. Good bright fruit.

After 10 years this is coming together. Good bright fruit.

1 person found it helpfulApr 2nd, 2017
Jeffrey Long

Like I extracted a bucket of black olives with toluene. Spectacular!

Like I extracted a bucket of black olives with toluene. Spectacular!

1 person found it helpfulJan 28th, 2017
David L

10' Alban Vineyards Reva Syrah. I decanted it for 5 hours. Please wait a few years before opening a bottle. John is a genius!!!

10' Alban Vineyards Reva Syrah. I decanted it for 5 hours. Please wait a few years before opening a bottle. John is a genius!!!

1 person found it helpfulJan 8th, 2017
Charles Hetzel

2007 Alban Reva Syrah

2007 Alban Reva Syrah

1 person found it helpfulDec 11th, 2016
Jim McCusker

So, the baseline for Alban Reva is WAY up there, so my comments have to be viewed through that lens. Even after decanting (admittedly for on 30 min), this wine is really closed. It's got great potential, but unless you have time to give it a few hours, it's not going to be anywhere near where it could be (so, great instead of ethereal!).

So, the baseline for Alban Reva is WAY up there, so my comments have to be viewed through that lens. Even after decanting (admittedly for on 30 min), this wine is really closed. It's got great potential, but unless you have time to give it a few hours, it's not going to be anywhere near where it could be (so, great instead of ethereal!).

1 person found it helpfulJul 15th, 2016
Doug Scott

Had to pull this after 08 Terry Hoage Hedge. This is dense and dark, black cherries and lots of cocoa, with smoke, tobacco. Something a little odd on the nose-mediciney-kept changing. Big fine tannins, ends with tar.

Had to pull this after 08 Terry Hoage Hedge. This is dense and dark, black cherries and lots of cocoa, with smoke, tobacco. Something a little odd on the nose-mediciney-kept changing. Big fine tannins, ends with tar.

1 person found it helpfulJun 18th, 2016
Roman Sukley

2006 vintage. A stunning glass of wine! Black as midnight in the glass. Black olives and floral notes on the nose. On the palate, where do I start? Blackberry liqueur, licorice and camphor predominate at first, but the wine continued to develop as the night progressed. Some asphalt, tar and graphite. Later on, more earthy notes of roasted game and truffles. Spectacular stuff. Rich, intense and super concentrated. Endless finish. One of the greatest wines I've ever tasted.
Well, I just checked Parker and saw that this is a 100 pointer. I wholeheartedly concur. By the way, 16.2% alcohol perfectly integrated.

2006 vintage. A stunning glass of wine! Black as midnight in the glass. Black olives and floral notes on the nose. On the palate, where do I start? Blackberry liqueur, licorice and camphor predominate at first, but the wine continued to develop as the night progressed. Some asphalt, tar and graphite. Later on, more earthy notes of roasted game and truffles. Spectacular stuff. Rich, intense and super concentrated. Endless finish. One of the greatest wines I've ever tasted.
Well, I just checked Parker and saw that this is a 100 pointer. I wholeheartedly concur. By the way, 16.2% alcohol perfectly integrated.

1 person found it helpfulJan 24th, 2016
Mike Stanford

Loved it - gave it an hour+ of air. A powerhouse of a syrah.

Loved it - gave it an hour+ of air. A powerhouse of a syrah.

1 person found it helpfulJul 27th, 2015