I had the 05 Alban Reva two months ago and it was off the charts fantastic. You’ve got plenty of others that I like, but the Reva was great. I also had the 05 Pax Walker recently and I liked it, but it was not up to the Alban. I popped the Alban with no decant. Maybe waiting 30-45 minutes of slow ox at most
The '97 Ojai Henry Daniel has been stellar the last two times I’ve had it. A well stored bottle can easily hold its own with the big boys. At a tasting two years ago had several WOTN votes in the company of 03 SQN Papa, 01 Thackrey Orion, 03 Reva, 04 Run Rig and 04 Agharta. It was still going strong, but not sure how much longer it will go at that level.
2003 and 2005 Pax wines are showing very nicely right now as is the 2003 Pride.
Bottle for bottle I have had better success with Pax over Reva.
Pop and pour all the way; any major change will happen in the first 10 minutes.
For my 2cts, if your friend doesn’t like RMP 100 wines, I’d go with one of the Ojai bottles. Depends on the size of wine your friend likes. Pride and SQN are thick and jammy, those editions of Pax close behind. If your friend doesn’t like those big wines, I’d go with one of the Ojai wines.
Personally I like them all, they’re just a bit different in style.
Thanks to everyone for your input. I made my choice based in part on your comments and what I had more of and what was easily accessible in my cellar. All in all, I was quite happy and so were my guests.
2001 Alban Vineyards Syrah Seymour’s Vineyard, Edna Valley 8/12/2013
[Decanted for 4 hours before bringing to the restaurant.] Still huge after 12 years and 4 hours in an open container. This will never be subtle. Goes quite well with rich flavorful food. Gobs of ripe fruit, big and rich, but not heavy. Only the slightly noticeable alcohol level keeps it from being great. In no danger of fading. 93 points