2005 Alban "Seymour's Vineyard" Edna Valley Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a cooler year, the 2005 Syrah Seymour’s Vineyard exhibits a more European personality than the classically Californian 2004. The 2005 reminds me of a broodingly backward, dark purple-colored Hermitage from the northern Rhone. Aromas of scorched earth, creme de cassis, truffles, and graphite emerge from this cuvee. With remarkable density, structure, precision, and freshness as well as sensational equilibrium (despite its weight and intensity), it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+. The wines of John and Lorraine Alban are about as spectacular as one can find anywhere in the world. Alban is committed to aging his big Syrahs longer in barrel, believing it will concentrate the wines and add additional complexity. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky purple. Brooding blackberry and boysenberry aromas are complicated by Asian spices, vanilla and licorice. Broad and sweet, with forceful raspberry and boysenberry flavors, youthful tannic grip and an explosive, palate-staining finish. There's serious weight and concentration here, but admirable vivacity too.
Intense, firm and structured, with spicy white pepper, sage, dried herb, mineral and dusty berry flavors that are compact, focused and full-bodied, ending in a tight, tannic finish. Best from 2010 through 2017. 250 cases made.