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2006 Alban Syrah Reva Vineyard Edna Valley (750ml)
Producer: Alban Vineyards albanvineyards.com
Appellation: Edna Valley - California - United States (AVA)
Type: red
Varietal: Syrah
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: US$250.00
Tasting Notes:
tasted: January 5, 2013 , Juan Polanco
100 points "Color: dark; Aromas: spicy; Sweetness: dry; Finish: very persistent; Amazing nose of olives, perfectly balanced, long finish. An unbelievable wine."
rated: November 27, 2009 , IWC
94 points "Inky purple. Intensely floral bouquet of dark berries, cherry compote, licorice, magnolia and violet. Lush, creamy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by candied violet and cracked pepper. Velvety tannins add grip to the long, juicy, spicy finish. This looks like it will be highly appealing soon after release. 94-95 points."
rated: August 9, 2010 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
100 points "The 2006 Syrah Reva, coming from parcels of dark, volcanic soil, has off-the-chart richness and intensity. This thick, opaque-purple colored wine offers up notes of scorched earth, ground pepper, and blackberry liqueur intermixed with cassis, licorice, camphor, and tar. The wine is spectacular in every sense. Full-bodied and certainly not for wimps, this is a remarkably concentrated yet very nuanced and intense wine that should age for 20 more years." Best -2030
rated: December 9, 2010 , James Laub (WS)
97 points "A luxurious style, rich, layered and dramatic, yet stays stylishly textured and balanced, offering a fleshy core of deep blackberry, wild berry and plum, with shades of tar, mineral, pepper and sage. Drink now through 2022. 2,300 cases made. –JL" Best -2022
rated: December 17, 2010 , Michael D'Aquanni
"100 points from Robert Parker: "The 2006 Syrah Reva, coming from parcels of dark, volcanic soil, has off-the-chart richness and intensity. This thick, opaque-purple colored wine offers up notes of scorched earth, ground pepper, and blackberry liqueur intermixed with cassis, licorice, camphor, and tar. The wine is spectacular in every sense. Full-bodied and certainly not for wimps, this is a remarkably concentrated yet very nuanced and intense wine that should age for 20 more years." (Aug. 2010) 97 points, "Highly Recommended" and #13 on the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2010: "A luxurious style, rich, layered and dramatic, yet stays stylishly textured and balanced, offering a fleshy core of deep blackberry, wild berry and plum, with shades of tar, mineral, pepper and sage. Drink now through 2022. 2,300 cases made." (12/10) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 10 94(+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 10: "(16.2% alcohol) Glass-staining purple. Blackberry, boysenberry and licorice pastille on the nose, with mounting spice and floral notes and a strong wallop of cracked pepper. Deeply pitched black and blue fruit flavors expand with air and pick up strong spicecake and candied flower notes, along with velvety tannins. More backward than the Lorraine today, and showing a darker profile. The finish completely stains the palate and lingers with intense floral and spicy persistence. This is still a baby." "
rated: January 4, 2013 , WA
100 points