Color: opaque indigo core -> dense ruby rim: NOT the normal appearance of a 16-year old Cali Syrah. Crazy intense bouquet of charcoal, roasted sirloin, bacon, some Alban funk (low-level here), smoke, a little black pepper and a notable floral component (violets?). Just a stupendous nose and one of the best Cali Rhone bouquets I've ever had the chance to sample. Enjoyed the stellar '01 Reva just a couple of nights ago and I'd have to say that this eclipses even that fine performance as of right now! This wine is less thickly extracted on the palate and gains a little bit in that respect: acidity is more lively that the '01. Black fruit, smoked meats and yes, that earlier tasting note of blood orange, allied with a huge palate presence and looooong finish all combine to make this one amazing, compelling wine.
I don't normally break out bouquet from the palate but in this case, that nose is just a killer: if rating seperately, I'd have the rate the nose about a 98 while the palate comes in at a more 'normal' 93-94!
Buzz is right about this one...it has really come round (not that I remember the old acidic ways) and it a pretty good ringer for a top notch northern rhone from a suitably ripe year....vibrant fruit and not at all heavy or ponderous and elements of meat and smoke....grat
Who says California Syrah can't improve with age? (OK, normally I might say it, but not in the case of Alban Reva) This wine, even with 13+ years age on it, still had vibrant fruit, smoked meats and some funk on the nose, and an extremely long finish. In a prime window right now, but certainly showing no signs of fading yet.
Opened and drank half the bottle right away. Dark in the glass, medium deep red in color, this Reva showing a flamboyant nose of cedar and redwood, slight funk, earthy dusty strawberry, watermelon and raspberry. A lot going on with the aromatics. In the glass, this shows a lively acidic profile featuring tart cherry, blood orange, currant and cranberry. I personally like the nose much better, we'll see what the 1/2 remaining reveals with a night under vac-u-vin. Day two more of the same, slightly muted. To me, the acidity is a little too bracing and outside my wheelhouse, but this is lively and with fantastic aromatics at this stage of its evolution.
Alban Vineyards Tasting 1993-2009 (Buzzini House): The big acid year for Alban has finally given up its grip! What great fresh acid in this...giving the rich and sweet wild berry pie fruit, super lift. Classic tar, big dusty spices, licorice....killer!
This reminds me more of a Washington State, cold clime Syrah than the more recent vintages of the Reva. I popped the cork 2 hours before dinner and the first sips were lean and tangy. Color was dark purple, showing no signs of age. Nose was explosive (this is an Alban after all) right from the start: big blue fruits with a floral overtone. The sharp acidity mellowed through dinner and the grip backed into balance. This is definitely a food wine. With dinner all the components hit a lovely balance with medium weight and a longish finish. Stayed in the blue fruit spectrum the whole time, which is fine by me. Unexpectedly it did start to show some sweetness some four hours after opening.
Popped and poured - no decanting. This is drinking beautifully - nose and palate of roasted meats and spicy, dark blue and black fruits. Everything is in balance - elegant fruit, framing acidity, and a lengthy, smooth finish. The wine kept improving as time went by and it started to warm up a bit. When the last glass was poured, the nose was evident from quite a distance away. Still has enough power to hold for a while, but it was drinking beautifully tonight.
Not altogether typical for Alban or Reva, this is lighter and thinner and more French. distinct scents and tastes of olive and meat that I associate with syrah. Paired well with dinner. You can see why it gets lower scores from the Bob and even Tanzer, but a very nice dinner companion
Sweetness is mostly what I got from this wine. Lots of gunk and sediment around the cork. Plummy nose with some tobacco. Lots of grainy weight and extract on the palate which resolved pretty much into a currant jelly-like sweetness. Didn't like this at all.
Drank one of two bottle purchased 9/14/04 at a Clubhouse this fall, can't remember the date. Fine wine, well received. Not quite as good as the Lorraine, but would be interesting to taste the two side by side one day