I uncorked a 2003 Alban red from Seymour’s Vineyard a few nights ago at Press in St. Helena with friends, one of whose father was named Seymour. That brought a little something special to the wine as California vintner John Alban named the wine after his own father, who introduced him to wine.
This wine, grown in the Central Coast’s Edna Valley appellation, says “Pandora” on the front label and doesn’t indicate a grape variety (unlike Alban’s Syrah bottling from Seymour's). We correctly guessed it was Grenache but learned it’s also blended with 40 percent Syrah. The wine has held on to its bright, rich, pure berry flavors; I could still taste the wonderful huckleberry and boysenberry flavors so evident of youth. It’s now quite elegant, graceful, refined and still impeccably balanced and exciting to drink. 97 points, non-blind, even better than the first time around.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Alban Pandora Seymour’s Vineyard Edna Valley 2003 (94 points, $85).