Daily Wine 6/30/17:
Alban Vineyards – Seymour’s Vineyard – Syrah – Edna Valley – 2007
- Seymour’s Vineyard produces the most dense and powerful Syrah grapes of all of John Alban’s wines. This is 100% Syrah.
- John Alban dedicated this wine to his father, Seymour. Upon opening the winery, John vowed to not name wines after family members, but names a wine after his mother, Reva, and Seymour became jealous.
- Seymour was a physician and part of the army aircorp during World War 2. Seymour is 93 years of age today.
- This wine is aged for 3.5 years in a mix of new and used French oak barrels after undergoing fermentation in open top containers with native yeasts. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.
- Seymour’s Vineyard is atop a distant peak with soils of flint that is mixed with chalk and sandstone.
- Alban Vineyards was the first American winery to focus solely on the grapes of the Rhone Valley, like Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier.
- At one time, John propagated 32 of 50 hectares of Viognier in the world unknowingly. This inspired him to help Viognier survive in the world, along with the great Georges Vernay of Condrieu, France.
- John helped organized Hospice du Rhone, an international celebration of these wines and the largest of its kind.
- During the existence of Alban Vineyards, California’s Viognier plantings went from 0 to over 2000 acres today; Syrah went from a few hundred to over 17,000. John plans to revive to do the same with Grenache.
- In Robert Parker’s The World’s Greatest Wine Estates, ten of the 22 wineries included from California made at least one ‘Rhone’ variety and two made them exclusively.
- Join the movement!
- Pair this with beef, lamb, and barbecue.