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Alban 2003 Seymour's Syrah (Edna Valley)

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Tremendous depth and complexity, with red and black stone fruits, berries, spices and herbs. Layers of anise, chocolate, oak. Tannins are rich, thick, soft and negotiable now. Huge wine.  — S.H.  (7/1/2006)
95
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Alban 2000 Costello T.B.A. Viognier (Edna Valley)

  1. $65
Glugs out of the bottle as thick as mineral oil, a hint to the viscous texture. Don’t chill this too much, because it will stun the intensely rich botrytis and apricot preserves aromas, with their edge of wild honey and cinnamon. The ultimate impression is in the mouth, where the apricot and pear tart flavors drink like a nectary syrup, but are relieved with…  — S.H.  (6/1/2003)
94
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Alban 1993 Estate Grenache (Edna Valley)

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The bouquet of this wine made me very happy. Pure, intense raspberry-cherry, with spicy clove, cinnamon, vanilla. Fine and alluring. Tons of raspberry fruit in the mouth, with a roast coffee earthiness. Dry, clean, supple, elegant. A chef’s dream. Delicate, powerful, uplifted.  — S.H.  (6/1/2005)
91
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Alban 1996 Reva Syrah (Edna Valley)

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Big roasted coffeebean aroma, also mulch, wet earth, forest floor, truffles, chocolate, bark, wild red forest berries. Sweet, smooth, supple, dry, chocolatey on the palate, with a potent core of anisette-soaked cherries. Velvety mouthfeel, very nice.  — S.H.  (6/1/2005)
91
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Alban 2000 Estate Vineyard Roussanne (Edna Valley)

  1. $32
Clearly a winner, a wine that shows its terroir in the mineral, slate, vanilla and cotton candy aromas. The flavor is hard to describe, sort of a mix of tapioca, rasberry puree and gunflint. Very acidic and crisp, with a long, firm and steely finish that cries out for rich, complex foods.  — S.H.  (6/1/2003)
91
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Alban 2001 Estate Viognier (Edna Valley)

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  1. $29
Ripe, rich, forward and exotic. From an American pioneer of Rhône varietals, the wine offers an intriguing and exciting blend of spice, apricot, peach, melon and herb components.  — J.M.  (12/15/2002)
91
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Alban 1998 Viognier (Edna Valley)

  1. $28
Powerful aromas of smoke, vanilla, peach, citrus and oak. Very rich and full-bodied, with deep, pure fruit flavors. Bone dry and complex, with exquisite balance and control.  — S.H.  (10/1/1999)
90
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Alban 1996 Estate Grenache (Edna Valley)

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Developing bottle bouquet. Chalky-cherry nose, grilled meat, potpourri, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, pipe tobacco, roses and violets. Drinks lush, smooth, sweet in raspberries and cherries. Good acidity. Still fresh, firm, dry. Could reintensify.  — S.H.  (6/1/2005)
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