1998 Alban Vineyards, “Seymour’s Vineyard, Syrah, Edna Valley, California, USA


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Roving Sommelier is passionate about premium quality wines. John Alban of Alban Vineyards is many wine lovers’ favourite Californian vigneron and has developed a fine reputation and cult status internationally, especially with connoisseurs of iconic North American vineyards and lovers of Rhône style grapes.

Over the years, John Alban has pioneered Rhône varietals with great passion and is part of an original, Californian-based group of vintners known as “The Rhône Rangers”, who have championed grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Viognier, amongst others.

“Seymour’s Vineyard” is a tribute to John’s father. The vineyard itself sits atop a distant peak far away from the winery buildings. It contains a rich vein of flint mixed with chalk and sandstone soils.   This soil produces the grapes that make “Seymour’s Vineyard”: aromatics of Asian spices, and flavours of smoked meats, graphite, and liquorice. This Syrah is Alban Vineyard’s most structured and broad.

Like “Reva” and “Lorraine” – Alban’s two Syrah wines, “Seymour’s Vineyard” is aged for three and a half years in a mix of new and used French oak barrels after undergoing open top fermentation by its native yeasts; then bottle unfined and unfiltered. It’s a very powerful, yet elegant and multi-layered wine.

I suggest you decant this wine at least one hour before service. Best enjoyed with red meats and game dishes and in a convivial atmosphere.

Alcohol: 14.2% abv (75cl)

Closure: Cork – wax sealed

Grape variety: Syrah (Shiraz)

Flavour Profile: Full-bodied, Highly aromatic, Rich, Voluptuous texture, Complex, Black Fruits, Herbaceous, Floral, Spice