Alban Vineyards

Patrina Alban Estate Syrah

9.2270 ratings
9.153 pro ratings
Edna Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

I love the Reva & the Lorraine and they are better but, for $100 plus less, I’ll take the Patrina.

The nose shows; roasted dark currants, blackberries wrapped in blueberries, bright lavender & lush, fresh violets. Dark, used expresso grounds, black raspberries, mulberries, boysenberries, back plum, anise, some smoke meats & bacon fat, roasted chestnuts, creamy raspberries on the glass edges, sweet tarriness, dark mid intensity spices, baking spices; nutmeg, clove with light cinnamon & vanilla, black pepper, nice, soft, dry herbaceous notes, sage, understated, dry, underbrush, limestone minerals, a little dry crushed rocks with amazing lush fresh florals as stated.

The body is thick & full. The mouthfeel is sexy & gorgeous. The tannins are round, soft, velvety with some meaty stickiness. The structure, tension, length and balance are at their peak. Despite what some well known professional critics would say that it’s waning, not even close. Dark roasted dark currants, blackberries wrapped in blueberries, bright lavender & lush, fresh violets. used French roast expresso grounds, black raspberries, mulberries, boysenberries, back plum, baked strawberries, anise, some smoke meats & bacon fat, creamy raspberries on the glass edges, sweet tarriness, dark heavier intensity spices than the nose, baking spices; nutmeg, clove with light cinnamon & vanilla, dark chocolate wrapped in mocha, black pepper, nice, soft, dry herbaceous notes, sage, mint, understated, dry, underbrush, limestone minerals, moist clay, a little dry crushed rocks with amazing florals. The acidity is perfect. The gorgeous, sexy, lush, ripe, ruby, we’ll balanced fruit and earth and persists in the mouth endlessly.

Photos of; the adobe house of the Albans, Owner-Winemaker, John Alban, their beautiful Syrah fruit ready for harvest and their Roussanne vineyard.

I love the Reva & the Lorraine and they are better but, for $100 plus less, I’ll take the Patrina.

The nose shows; roasted dark currants, blackberries wrapped in blueberries, bright lavender & lush, fresh violets. Dark, used expresso grounds, black raspberries, mulberries, boysenberries, back plum, anise, some smoke meats & bacon fat, roasted chestnuts, creamy raspberries on the glass edges, sweet tarriness, dark mid intensity spices, baking spices; nutmeg, clove with light cinnamon & vanilla, black pepper, nice, soft, dry herbaceous notes, sage, understated, dry, underbrush, limestone minerals, a little dry crushed rocks with amazing lush fresh florals as stated.

The body is thick & full. The mouthfeel is sexy & gorgeous. The tannins are round, soft, velvety with some meaty stickiness. The structure, tension, length and balance are at their peak. Despite what some well known professional critics would say that it’s waning, not even close. Dark roasted dark currants, blackberries wrapped in blueberries, bright lavender & lush, fresh violets. used French roast expresso grounds, black raspberries, mulberries, boysenberries, back plum, baked strawberries, anise, some smoke meats & bacon fat, creamy raspberries on the glass edges, sweet tarriness, dark heavier intensity spices than the nose, baking spices; nutmeg, clove with light cinnamon & vanilla, dark chocolate wrapped in mocha, black pepper, nice, soft, dry herbaceous notes, sage, mint, understated, dry, underbrush, limestone minerals, moist clay, a little dry crushed rocks with amazing florals. The acidity is perfect. The gorgeous, sexy, lush, ripe, ruby, we’ll balanced fruit and earth and persists in the mouth endlessly.

Photos of; the adobe house of the Albans, Owner-Winemaker, John Alban, their beautiful Syrah fruit ready for harvest and their Roussanne vineyard.

May 25th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Second bottle of this wine & vintage in the last month or two. Of all the CA Syrah producers, I think Alban comes the closest to the true style of Northern Rhône and certainly one of my favorite producers of Syrah out of CA.

The nose reveals; creamy roasted blackberries, dark cherries, spiced black plum, huckleberries, black raspberries, raspberry cola, some bacon fat, savory meats, black & white pepper, hints of tobacco leaf, softened leather, touch of dry herbs, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil/clay, dry stems, light vanilla with withering dark flowers, lavender & violets.

The body is round, ruby, lush, rich and full. The structure, length, tension and balance are rounded in harmony. The wine is seamless wire to wire. Creamy roasted blackberries, dark cherries, spiced black plum, huckleberries, black raspberries, raspberry cola, strawberries & cherries that start on the mid palate some bacon fat, savory meats, black & white pepper, hints of tobacco leaf, saddle-wood, dark spice w/ some lifting heat, touch of dry herbs, tarry notes, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil/clay, dry stems, light vanilla with withering dark flowers, lavender & violets. The acidity is round and excellent. The long, elegant, well balanced finish goes on for minutes.

While Alban makes many excellent single Vineyard Syrah’s like; Reva, Lorraine & Seymour, which are much more expensive, I am happy to enjoy Patrina for much less money. The QPR for Patrina is superior to their other more expensive bottling’s with far less drop in wine quality vs. the price difference.

Photos of, their Reva Vineyard, Owner-Winemaker, John Alban, their barrel room and the beautiful fruit they grow ready for harvest.

Second bottle of this wine & vintage in the last month or two. Of all the CA Syrah producers, I think Alban comes the closest to the true style of Northern Rhône and certainly one of my favorite producers of Syrah out of CA.

The nose reveals; creamy roasted blackberries, dark cherries, spiced black plum, huckleberries, black raspberries, raspberry cola, some bacon fat, savory meats, black & white pepper, hints of tobacco leaf, softened leather, touch of dry herbs, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil/clay, dry stems, light vanilla with withering dark flowers, lavender & violets.

The body is round, ruby, lush, rich and full. The structure, length, tension and balance are rounded in harmony. The wine is seamless wire to wire. Creamy roasted blackberries, dark cherries, spiced black plum, huckleberries, black raspberries, raspberry cola, strawberries & cherries that start on the mid palate some bacon fat, savory meats, black & white pepper, hints of tobacco leaf, saddle-wood, dark spice w/ some lifting heat, touch of dry herbs, tarry notes, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil/clay, dry stems, light vanilla with withering dark flowers, lavender & violets. The acidity is round and excellent. The long, elegant, well balanced finish goes on for minutes.

While Alban makes many excellent single Vineyard Syrah’s like; Reva, Lorraine & Seymour, which are much more expensive, I am happy to enjoy Patrina for much less money. The QPR for Patrina is superior to their other more expensive bottling’s with far less drop in wine quality vs. the price difference.

Photos of, their Reva Vineyard, Owner-Winemaker, John Alban, their barrel room and the beautiful fruit they grow ready for harvest.

Jul 8th, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Alban Vineyards, the original Rhône Ranger. Of all the CA producers that try to emulate the Rhône style, I believe, Alban Vineyards emulate it best!

On the nose; ripe fruits of mixed berries, savory meats, pork & bacon fat. Mocha, dusty dry brown top soil, powdery volcanic minerals, dry underbrush, vanilla, cherry/raspberry cola, dark, rich black soil, beautiful spice, fresh red & dark florals.

The body is medium to full, round & ripe. Tannins are nicely soften with plenty of life ahead. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, creamy raspberries, plum, boysenberries & some blue fruits. Savory meats, pork, bacon fat, dry brush, dry crushed rocks, volcanic minerals, cola, some dark moist soil, limestone, some black licorice, touch of spice & black pepper, red & dark florals with violets, great round acidity and a rich, round, well balanced, elegant finish that lasts & lasts.

Photos of, the Patrina Vineyard, Owner/Winemaker-John Alban, nice Syrah fruit bunch and their barrel room.

Alban Vineyards, the original Rhône Ranger. Of all the CA producers that try to emulate the Rhône style, I believe, Alban Vineyards emulate it best!

On the nose; ripe fruits of mixed berries, savory meats, pork & bacon fat. Mocha, dusty dry brown top soil, powdery volcanic minerals, dry underbrush, vanilla, cherry/raspberry cola, dark, rich black soil, beautiful spice, fresh red & dark florals.

The body is medium to full, round & ripe. Tannins are nicely soften with plenty of life ahead. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, creamy raspberries, plum, boysenberries & some blue fruits. Savory meats, pork, bacon fat, dry brush, dry crushed rocks, volcanic minerals, cola, some dark moist soil, limestone, some black licorice, touch of spice & black pepper, red & dark florals with violets, great round acidity and a rich, round, well balanced, elegant finish that lasts & lasts.

Photos of, the Patrina Vineyard, Owner/Winemaker-John Alban, nice Syrah fruit bunch and their barrel room.

Jun 9th, 2018
Matt Duncan

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

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

Nov 17th, 2017
Henrik Poulsen

15.4% alc.
Another great wine from John Alban and Glenn Skrabanik.

15.4% alc.
Another great wine from John Alban and Glenn Skrabanik.

2 people found it helpfulNov 21st, 2015
Adam Eagan

If this is their entry level Syrah, I can’t wait to taste the Reva and Lorraine in my cellar!! Wow!! Great qpr!! <$50.

If this is their entry level Syrah, I can’t wait to taste the Reva and Lorraine in my cellar!! Wow!! Great qpr!! <$50.

1 person found it helpfulApr 20th, 2019
Kevin Løk

Lovely Syrah. Perfect levels of smoke and game meats. Thanks to @Brendan Devine xoxo

Lovely Syrah. Perfect levels of smoke and game meats. Thanks to @Brendan Devine xoxo

1 person found it helpfulFeb 6th, 2019
Clive McNish

This is really good. Almost black with rich purple highlights. Limited fragrance out of the bottle but only 30 minutes in the decanter opens this right up and its delicious. Nose is dark fruit, earth, mushroom and vanilla. On the palate cassis, vanilla, spices, floral notes and an almost creamy finish with some dry tannins but also lasting sweetness and evolving fruit flavours, there’s even some delicate mint tea in there as well. Highly recommended.

This is really good. Almost black with rich purple highlights. Limited fragrance out of the bottle but only 30 minutes in the decanter opens this right up and its delicious. Nose is dark fruit, earth, mushroom and vanilla. On the palate cassis, vanilla, spices, floral notes and an almost creamy finish with some dry tannins but also lasting sweetness and evolving fruit flavours, there’s even some delicate mint tea in there as well. Highly recommended.

1 person found it helpfulNov 11th, 2018
Cory Fierro

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.

May 21st, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.2

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.

Jul 8th, 2016