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2002 Alban Vineyards Syrah Lorraine
- Central Coast
- Edna Valley
Community Tasting Notes 51
mjdixon Likes this wine: (89 points)
December 11, 2016 - Massive wine - it's like Guigal or Chapoutier moved to America and made their wines in a big fruit forward way.
Way too heavy and concentrated/intense.
Some initial tar and such but little finesse or complexity.
Typical brash American style brought to Syrah.
Papies wrote: (92 points)
December 7, 2016 - 2016 Athens Wine Event (Paleo Reastaurant, Piraeus): Tasted Blind but picked it as the wine we submitted. Easy one to.
Big and massive 16+ alc, rich dark fruits, spice, light black olive feel. A wine that is amplified across from fruit, to alc to body to length. Not for the light hearted but it sort of works in its own way even for old world lovers like us. Probably a bit better to have Alban's on their own or a bit younger we are starting to believe. This 2002 was little bit muted compared to younger and more expressive (like 2006 Reva and 2005 Lorraine Papies 97 for both). 92-93 and we would suggest one drinks sooner than later or flip the coin and forget it for 10yrs2 people found this helpful Comment
November 16, 2016 - This may have been a flawed bottle. The nose was a little odd. It had some pickle brine notes that although I have liked that characteristic in the past, for this it really wasn't. However, the taste was no issues at all. It was quite delicious. Tannins were in check and this was drinking very mature.
StevenAndrea Likes this wine: (94 points)
October 12, 2016 - Yum.
plitton wrote: (92 points)
July 20, 2016 - Rich and spicy. Not as funky as Riva. Drink through 2018.
Pro Reviews 2
By Stephen Tanzer
July/August 2005, IWC Issue #121 (link)
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By Richard Jennings
8/12/2009 (link) 93 points
(Alban Vineyards Syrah Lorraine) Opaque very dark red violet color; big, deep, black fruit, espresso and caramel nose; tasty, blackberry, berry, black fruit and boysenberry palate, much more balanced than the '02 Reva; medium-plus finish (2nd WOTF)
- Vintage 2002
- Type Red
- Producer Alban Vineyards
- Varietal Syrah
- Designation Lorraine
- Vineyard n/a
- Country USA
- Region California
- SubRegion Central Coast
- Appellation Edna Valley
- Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
- In Cellars 188 (40%)
- Consumed 276 (59%)
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