This is drinking great and probably at peak. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries with black pepper and some roasted meats and herbs. Full bodied. Complex. Still lots of upfront black raspberry fruit but lots of depth and layering with earthiness, char and black pepper. Delicious. Long finish. This should go another five to ten years but won't get better. Great on its own, this will work well with roasted meat or veggies. I last had this in 2009, so it was great to be able to see what happened to all that potential it showed in its youth.
John Alban is one of the pioneers of the California Rhone wine movement and he is still at the top of his game. Inky purple in color, magenta at the rim. An amazing nose with black raspberries, graphite and a bit of funky earthiness. Full bodied. On the palate, this is delicious. Lush. Black raspberry fruit with underlying char. Long finish. Just starting to show some maturity. This ill go another ten to fifteen years with no trouble. Great on its own, this will work well with spicy foods.
2012 Alban Vineyards Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard, USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley, Wine Review
John Alban is one of the pioneers of Rhone varietal wines in California. His eponymous winery is still one of the best. This is a big wine but for those who like this style, it is excellent. Purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, some black pepper, slight roasted meats and gravelly dirt. On the palate, the texture is lush and almost seamless. This is slightly sweet, most likely from ripe fruit. Black raspberries and some black cherries. Plenty of depth with a long finish. A tasty wine for sure. It drinks great on its own (and was perfect with a nice Cuban cigar). It wi