Alban Vineyards

Patrina Alban Estate Syrah

9.158 ratings
9.016 pro ratings
Edna Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

I like the Patrina for its quality and QPR. Its quality is not all that far from the Reva but, about half price.

I also find the roasted or roasted chestnut quality I find in Rostaing wine out of Rhone. It is my belief, they have more or less styled their wines from Rostaing.

The nose reveals; dark, ruby & slightly candied, currants, purple fruit mix, blue fruits, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy black raspberries, baked, spiced plum, roasted chestnuts, smoke, grilled meats, touch of bacon fat, heavy expresso roast, dark, rich earth, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, pepper notes, some caramel, mid, nicely layered baking spices, dry herbaceousiness with bay leaf dominance, with fresh, blue, dark flowers with greens topped of with field of lavender.

The body is rich, lush and full. The tension, structure, length and balance are about five years from its peak. The tannins round yet, grainy and speak to another 10 years of excellent drinking ahead. Dark, ruby & slightly candied, currants, ripe; purple fruit mix, blue fruits, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy black raspberries & baked, spiced plum. Anise to black licorice, roasted chestnuts, smoke, grilled meats, touch of bacon fat, heavy expresso roast, dark, rich earth, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil with clay mixed in, dry brush, pepper notes, some caramel, mid, nicely layered baking spices, dry herbaceousiness with bay leaf dominance, with fresh, candied, purple, blue & dark florals with greens topped of with field of lavender. The acidity balances the alcohol like a waterfall over the palate. The long, ruby, ripe, slightly candied, well balanced finish slides into dry tannins & earth and persists several minutes.

Paired well with our slightly spicy Kentucky Bourbon Chicken Skews, Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Green Beans.

Photos of; the Patrina Vineyard, Owner/Winemaker-John Alban and imagery inside their barrel room.

I like the Patrina for its quality and QPR. Its quality is not all that far from the Reva but, about half price.

I also find the roasted or roasted chestnut quality I find in Rostaing wine out of Rhone. It is my belief, they have more or less styled their wines from Rostaing.

The nose reveals; dark, ruby & slightly candied, currants, purple fruit mix, blue fruits, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy black raspberries, baked, spiced plum, roasted chestnuts, smoke, grilled meats, touch of bacon fat, heavy expresso roast, dark, rich earth, dry crushed rocks, dry brush, pepper notes, some caramel, mid, nicely layered baking spices, dry herbaceousiness with bay leaf dominance, with fresh, blue, dark flowers with greens topped of with field of lavender.

The body is rich, lush and full. The tension, structure, length and balance are about five years from its peak. The tannins round yet, grainy and speak to another 10 years of excellent drinking ahead. Dark, ruby & slightly candied, currants, ripe; purple fruit mix, blue fruits, blackberries, dark cherries, creamy black raspberries & baked, spiced plum. Anise to black licorice, roasted chestnuts, smoke, grilled meats, touch of bacon fat, heavy expresso roast, dark, rich earth, dry crushed rocks, dry top soil with clay mixed in, dry brush, pepper notes, some caramel, mid, nicely layered baking spices, dry herbaceousiness with bay leaf dominance, with fresh, candied, purple, blue & dark florals with greens topped of with field of lavender. The acidity balances the alcohol like a waterfall over the palate. The long, ruby, ripe, slightly candied, well balanced finish slides into dry tannins & earth and persists several minutes.

Paired well with our slightly spicy Kentucky Bourbon Chicken Skews, Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Green Beans.

Photos of; the Patrina Vineyard, Owner/Winemaker-John Alban and imagery inside their barrel room.

Oct 29th, 2019
Chris Leon

Blue and Meant for BBQ

Blue and Meant for BBQ

Apr 29th, 2015
Ashley Dubois

Incredible nose of dark berry, minerality and a hint of thyme. For someone that prefers young wines it's a teeny bit over the hill (loss of fruit on the palate) but overall very nice.

Incredible nose of dark berry, minerality and a hint of thyme. For someone that prefers young wines it's a teeny bit over the hill (loss of fruit on the palate) but overall very nice.

Oct 14th, 2014
Bradley Brown

Owner/Winemaker Big Basin Vineyards

9.0

Some bright fruit and interesting secondary character that is surprising for a young wine

Some bright fruit and interesting secondary character that is surprising for a young wine

Sep 16th, 2014
Andy Wigginton

One of the better Syrah I've had! Big, rich and well balanced. It was a bit tight and acid forward upon open but perfect after a couple hours open. Could have held for several more years.

One of the better Syrah I've had! Big, rich and well balanced. It was a bit tight and acid forward upon open but perfect after a couple hours open. Could have held for several more years.

Aug 24th, 2014
Michael Larner

A very bold cold climate Syrah that seems to miss the mark on overly ripe with heavy toast characters. Defiantly asphalt and black olives, licorice, but also burnt toast and caramel.

A very bold cold climate Syrah that seems to miss the mark on overly ripe with heavy toast characters. Defiantly asphalt and black olives, licorice, but also burnt toast and caramel.

May 15th, 2014
Peter J.

33.33

33.33

Jan 10th, 2014
Macario Montoya

Tight!! But got lots of potential. Amazing nose of dark fruits and wet cement! Wish I could wait a few more hours and try it again!!

Tight!! But got lots of potential. Amazing nose of dark fruits and wet cement! Wish I could wait a few more hours and try it again!!

Apr 8th, 2013
Carsten rudolph

Fantastic bouquet of dark berries and forest - also elements of blue and dark berries in the taste - although a little sweet for my taste

Fantastic bouquet of dark berries and forest - also elements of blue and dark berries in the taste - although a little sweet for my taste

Apr 14th, 2019
Eric S
9.3

This guy is a total badass. Flowers, blue fruit, and dashes of ink and pepper. One of the best entry wines I’ve ever had. Dirt cheap at $40.

This guy is a total badass. Flowers, blue fruit, and dashes of ink and pepper. One of the best entry wines I’ve ever had. Dirt cheap at $40.

Feb 19th, 2018