"There are 2,500 cases of the 2006 Syrah Reva Vineyard, which comes from the rich, dark volcanic soils that make up part of the Alban Vineyard. The wine’s viscous, black/purple color is followed by an astonishing bouquet of blackberry liqueur, roast beef, black pepper, flowers, cassis, licorice, and tar. Unctuously-textured and full-bodied, it is an enormously-endowed, full-bodied Syrah that may be too much of a good thing for some consumers. It should last for 30+ years, becoming more elegant and well-delineated as it evolves in the bottle. Astonishing!
(Not yet released)
One of the pioneers of world-class Rhone varietal-based wines produced in California’s Central Coast, John Alban had the courage and foresight to plant Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, and more recently, Mourvedre, in a region where no one else believed these grapes would thrive. His wines offer off-the-chart levels of concentration, and many of them are capable of lasting three to four decades. These flavor-filled wines are all made from frightfully low yields, and are now being given extremely long aging in barrel, the top Syrah cuvees spending 36-40 months in barrel. The results are wines that are nearly beyond belief in terms of richness and density. These are true artisanal wines meant for long-term cellaring that should only be purchased by patient connoisseurs who are able to defer their gratification for 8-10 years. Still in barrel, the 2006 Syrahs, which will be bottled after 40 months of aging, are all remarkable wines that flirt with perfection.
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