Alban Vineyards Reva Estate Syrah Edna Valley
International Wine CellarRating: 92-93 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 121, July/August 2005 ($56; just assembled) Good deep ruby. Knockout syrah aromas of black raspberry, bacon fat, asphalt, gunflint and smoked meat. Extraordinarily sweet and silky, with flamboyantly ripeflavors of black raspberry and smoked meat. This too is quite high in alcohol at 15.8% but has the material to carry it off. Finishes with fully ripe tannins.
Robert ParkerRating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 166
Wine SpectatorRating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/05