Wow. PNP. color still mostly primary. nose shows telltale aged syrah with meaty spicy aromas predominating and a whiff of alcohol. there is still some reduction but this is mellowing and less dominant than the last bottle. swishing gives similar secondary flavors, with some acidity but mostly soft tannins that entre into the med length soft and generous finish. sipping shows dense fruit that outweighs the structure underneath, and keeps on giving on the finish that leaves just the slightest hint of stem/skin at the end. this is really good now, but I think that this has plenty in the tank and will keep going for awhile. was great alone, and even better with a venison dish. did I say wow?
Deep red. Leathery and fruty nose. The wine is sweet and for the vintage quite heavy. Flavors of pepper, cherries. All a bit "sirupy" and made. Overall a good wine as a food companion. Even though it is not my type of wine, I prefered this one over the highly acclaimed and opulent "2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape "Vieilles Vignes" from Domaine de Cristia" which stood in the glass next to it.
Drink the Reva 1998 now as it reached full maturity
quick note. This is another whopper. nose with obvious reduction that is evolving to tar and fruit. improved a bit with decanting. on the plate, the tannin is subdued by fruit now, and all in all in balance with decent finish. not yet my favorite version of alban. certainly in no danger of being past prime. will try another in 3-5 years. lower score because i think it is a litlle awkward.
If you dont like newer Alban because of its style this one, even being 10+ years old really isnt going to change your mind. The nose and initial palate atttack show some evolution, but overall the wine is still fairly primary overall. The fruit is more restrained and some secondary character brings some focus to the wine. For me the oak was not intrusive here, and I find these start to shed oak sufficiently after 6-7 years. This was a nice example of older Alban but not a blockbuster.
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