Alban Vineyards Patrina Alban Estate Syrah 2013

$49.99

Brand new Syrah release from John Alban - limited. 93 Points Robert Parker:  "The only 2013 I was able to taste from this estate, the 2013 Syrah Patrina offers full-bodied richness and depth, lots of dark fruits, cassis, licorice and graphite, perfect ripeness and a polished, elegant personality. Shining for its purity, it's ready to go and will shine on release...I had a great visit with John Alban, whose estate is located at the southern end of the Edna Valley and in one of the coolest AVAs in California. Despite this, he makes some of the most concentrated, rich and age-worthy reds and whites from the entire state." Brix26 Inside Scoop:  Intermittently, Alban Vineyards produced a 'Central Coast Syrah' which was never predictable in either when it was made or its quantity but was always tremendously popular.  With each sporadic release, it became undeniable that lots of people wanted this wine. Likewise, it became painfully clear to Alban that without control of the vineyards from which this wine would derive, nothing about it would ever be reliable.  In 2005, Alban discontinued purchasing grapes for the Central Coast Syrah to develop his own vineyards and the 'Patrina' Syrah was born.

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Duncan Delectable Pro

Rose floral. Round red mid palate. Lingering medicinal quality with good length.

Rose floral. Round red mid palate. Lingering medicinal quality with good length.

9.2

Cory Fierro Delectable Pro

Took a while for this to open up, then it exploded out. Cassie leads to blackberry bushes leads to cracked black pepper leads to charcuterie and smokiness on the nose. The palate is all that plus vanilla smoke and tannins that attack hard and rest easy. Have with steak, a filet preferably.

Took a while for this to open up, then it exploded out. Cassie leads to blackberry bushes leads to cracked black pepper leads to charcuterie and smokiness on the nose. The palate is all that plus vanilla smoke and tannins that attack hard and rest easy. Have with steak, a filet preferably.

9.6

Greg Ballington Delectable Pro

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

Second Alban Patrina we have tried. Expectations were very high since the 08 we tried. Deep purplish ruby red. Love the nose on day one with olive tapenade, dark cherries, slightly savory with some undertones of gunpowder and graphite. Moderate tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Olive undertones and some light tomato. Black and dark fruits with a mix of cherries and plums. Light pencil shavings and cassis in the finish. Slight heat too. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2026.

Second Alban Patrina we have tried. Expectations were very high since the 08 we tried. Deep purplish ruby red. Love the nose on day one with olive tapenade, dark cherries, slightly savory with some undertones of gunpowder and graphite. Moderate tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Olive undertones and some light tomato. Black and dark fruits with a mix of cherries and plums. Light pencil shavings and cassis in the finish. Slight heat too. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2026.

9.2

David Metcalf Delectable Pro

Backwards at first, but with air (& short ribs) this was fantastic. Made all the better by the new friends & family gathered around the table. Dinner w/ John & Lorraine. #alban #swc

Backwards at first, but with air (& short ribs) this was fantastic. Made all the better by the new friends & family gathered around the table. Dinner w/ John & Lorraine. #alban #swc

Hugh O'Riordan

Wine has aged well and will continue to do so. What a wonderful deep, dark fruit, vanilla and forest floor. Well balanced. Needs to breath for an hour.

Wine has aged well and will continue to do so. What a wonderful deep, dark fruit, vanilla and forest floor. Well balanced. Needs to breath for an hour.

9.3

Jim McCusker

Best QPR wine you’ll ever find!

Best QPR wine you’ll ever find!

9.1

Justin Fetridge

This was really tight even after three hrs of being opened . No decent . After fourth hr this beauty started to sing. Really deep and long lasting a thought provoking wine for sure .

This was really tight even after three hrs of being opened . No decent . After fourth hr this beauty started to sing. Really deep and long lasting a thought provoking wine for sure .

9.4

Aaron Rankin

90m of air. Impenetrably dark purple. Solids are visibly falling out. Initially this had an iron and stinky mushroom nose, likely reduction; blew off after air, revealing rich bramble qualities. Palette is massive, ripe, and heavily extracted, with balanced acidity; classic central coast / Paso. Med+ tannins. Didn’t look at the abv, but you feel it. I’ve become a cold weather Syrah guy, but this is solid for what it is.

90m of air. Impenetrably dark purple. Solids are visibly falling out. Initially this had an iron and stinky mushroom nose, likely reduction; blew off after air, revealing rich bramble qualities. Palette is massive, ripe, and heavily extracted, with balanced acidity; classic central coast / Paso. Med+ tannins. Didn’t look at the abv, but you feel it. I’ve become a cold weather Syrah guy, but this is solid for what it is.

9.1

Dave Parker

A big bruiser but pretty and well made

A big bruiser but pretty and well made

9.2

Phil Castellano

Blueberries, smoke, tobacco, and licorice. Solid Syrah offering that needs more age. Was in the mood to try one out even though I know better.

Blueberries, smoke, tobacco, and licorice. Solid Syrah offering that needs more age. Was in the mood to try one out even though I know better.

9.1

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