2009 Alban "Reva" Edna Valley Syrah

SKU #1146510 97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Moving on to the vineyard designated Syrahs and a fantastic vintage for this cuvee, which goes back to the 2005, 2006 and 2007 levels of richness, the 2009 Syrah Reva (100% Syrah aged 42-months in French oak) offers up more fruit and purity than normal, with only hints of its normal iodine/seaweed tinged profile. Loaded with sweet black raspberry, cassis, wild herbs, flowers and subtle blood and iodine qualities, it is a full-bodied, decadent Syrah that has incredible mid-palate depth, beautiful freshness and a blockbuster finish. (JD) Inner quote mark (8/2013)

97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Alban's 2009 Syrah Reva is drop-dead gorgeous. Sumptuous, layered and absolutely impeccable, the 2009 boasts stunning depth and richness but it is never overdone or excessively heavy. Today, the aromas and flavors remain intensely primary, so readers will have to be patient. Still, the Reva is simply thrilling, pretty much as it always has been from barrel. As compelling as Alban's higher-end Syrahs are, in 2009 I prefer the Reva, as it is the most polished, impeccable and balanced wine in the range. It will be interesting to follow the development of these wines over the next few years. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

96-97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark So much up front with wild fruit and intense berries and licorice. Voluptuous on the nose. But the palate is balanced refined and velvety. Long finish. Contrasty. Inner quote mark (5/2012)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Inky purple. Deeply scented, spicy and smoky aromas of ripe cherries and cassis are lifted by notes of black pepper, Indian spices and a dusty herbal quality. Shows impressive depth and vivacity to its blueberry and blackcurrant flavors, which are sharpened by juicy acidity. Supple tannins come on late, adding focus to a sweet, impressively long finish. This sexy Syrah is surprisingly approachable but clearly has the material for a positive evolution in the cellar. (JR) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

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