My last bottle of this wine. Makes me sad. This is the finest wine I've ever had from Alban and probably one of the top 5 Syrah-dominated wines I've had from CA. My previous bottle was only a year ago, but it has slightly evolved since then, as has been the case with every bottle I've had of this wine. The nose is even more explosive than the last bottle, but that may be because of better stemware. It is still an irresistable balance of meat, dried herbs and spices, but it's become more untame and wild in its gaminess. Previously, I described it as marinated tri-tip. Tonight it is more wild boar, grilled and sliced bloody, and wild boar sausage. Utterly magnificent.
Dark opaque color with a nose of tar. Ripe blueberry layered with graphite shavings on the palate with a long long 60 second finish. This wine does a great job masking it's 15.8% alcohol and is extremely well integrated and I believe will continue to show well for another 5-7 years.
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(Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard) Tight, tart berry nose with a touch of VA; tight but complex palate with pepper, berry, boysenberry, and oak showing, needs a few years; medium-plus finish
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