- 98 Punkte Robert Parkers WINE ADVOCATE, Lisa Perrotti-Brown: "Very deep purple-black colored, the 2013 Syrah Lorraine Vineyard emerges from the glass with the most beguiling floral and lifted black fruit notes imaginable! Strutting an incredibly sexy fragrance of roses, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, sandalwood and eucalyptus with underlying Chinese five spice, hoisin and Sichuan pepper suggestions, it hits the palate with full-bodied, rich, sultry black fruit preserves and menthol laced flavors, supported by very fine, pixelated tannins and finishing with incredible length and depth.
Self-professed Rhone Ranger and a true American pioneer for putting high quality Rhone varietal wines on the USA wine map, John Alban knocks it out of the park with his recent releases. Most of the big guns here come from the impressive, iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove 2013 vintage. While the Alban Vineyards wines are never shrinking violets, for sure, what I love is the compelling savory accents that the 2013 reds possess, providing incredibly provocative restraint and depth that will keep fans wondering where their glass went and reaching for another. Enjoy!"
- 95 Punkte VINOUS Antonio Galloni, Josh Raynolds: "Dark purple. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe blackberry and cherry preserves, complicated by notes of cola, anise, olive paste and vanilla. Broad, palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors show impressive depth, and a zesty mineral quality provides spine and back-end cut. Gains weight and richness with air while maintaining vivacity, and finishes very long and smooth, displaying outstanding clarity and lingering dark berry notes."
- 99 Punkte JEB DUNNUCK: "Almost always my favorite cuvee from this estate, the 2013 Syrah Lorraine Vineyard offers quintessential notes of black raspberries, crushed flowers, spice, smoked meats and chocolate. It's deep, full-bodied and layered, with plenty of chalky minerality on the finish, yet still has the 2013 approachability and sexiness of the 2013 vintage.
If I had to come up with a list of the greatest wine estate in the world, Alban Vineyards would certainly be in there. Readers need to understand that this estate is an anomaly, lying at the very end of the Edna Valley, and the only estate in 50+ miles making wines of this quality. Vintages here marginally track the larger central coast theme, yet not always. These are singular wines."
|% vol Alk:||13,5|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Adjacent to the original Reva?s block is a small swath of land that is almost identicle to the surrounding dirt except for a vein of fist sized stones that run through out the soil profile. For years I dreamed of making a wine solely from this little parcel. 1995 was the first year there would be sufficient grapes to keep the tiny spot separate and make a barrel of wine. It was also the year I met an intriguing Irish girl named Lorraine. The day before I would harvest this block separately for the first time, Lorraine called to ask if I could join her and some of her friends who were visiting from Scotland for dinner that night. At the risk of racial profiling, I can tell you that I was well aware that the one nationality that might actually drink more than the Irish, are the Scots. I told Lorraine I would be picking grapes by 3 a.m. so?by then she interrupted with delight, ?That?s perfect, you can wear your harvest gear out with us and we?ll drop you off at the vineyard in time to start! You?ll have so much fun you?ll end up making the best wine you?ve ever made.? I am a big believer in omens, and it was this last phrase that compelled me to take the chance and join them (or maybe I was smitten by the girl). Over the next two years, I fell in love with, proposed, and married Lorraine. Not really knowing what I wanted to do with the one barrel harvested the night after (or of) my adventure with the Scots, I made what I thought would be a singular bottling labelled Lorraine and served almost all of it at our wedding. Lorraine works in wine distribution so many of our friends are in food, wine, and hospitality related businesses. We returned from our honeymoon to a number of messages asking where and when they could get their Lorraine. Perhaps not an appropriate question for a newlywed groom, but I was actually quite touched. Lorraine is 100% Syrah from a combination of marine soils with cobbles and sandstone vineyards laced with chalk. This wine always has the reddest fruits of our Syrahs, and the sweetest roundest tannins. Aged 3.5 years in barrel and bottled unfined and unfiltered.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Importeur/Inverkehrbringer:||N+M Weine, Martinstrasse 88, 41063 Mönchengladbach|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Alban Vineyards, 8575 Orcutt Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, USA|