2010 Alban - Syrah Patrina Estate 750ml

USA - California - San Luis Obispo - Edna Valley/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

IWC 91   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Bright purple. Heady scents of blueberry, boysenberry and cassis, with a smoky topnote. Broad, sappy and nicely concentrated, offering sweet dark fruit flavors complemented by notes of Indian spices, olive, and bitter chocolate. A rich, deep but lively syrah that finishes spicy and long, with very soft tannins. Alban told me that this fruit was picked at a very low 21.8 Brix, in November.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 171

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Southbound Union
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 07/11/2015

Average rating: 92, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

46 bottles owned by 8 collectors.

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About This Producer

Alban Vineyards is a California wine estate producing various Rhone style blends and varietal wine. The winery is located in Edna Valley, near Arroyo Grande in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County.

Starting in 1985, John Alban planted grapes for other people until he bought an estate in 1989. With a focus on creating wines made from Rhone Valley varieties, Alban became one of the pioneers in the Rhone Rangers movement, and is considered one of the most influential American Rhone producers.

Within a 250-acre (100 ha) area, the vineyard area extends 60 acres (24 ha), and is planted with varieties Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne. Grenache and Roussanne are also sourced from vineyards located in the warmer Paso Robles AVA.

Among the vineyard designate wines produced are the Lorraine Vineyard, Reva Vineyard Syrah and Seymour's Vineyard Syrah. Alban also produces Pandora, a blend of Grenache and Syrah, and a botrytized dessert wine.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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