2014 Alban "Patrina" Edna Valley Syrah SKU #1319177


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  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a Syrah with elegance and grace. Dark fruits and silky tannin is the headliner here, however the depth of complexity keeps it singing. Layers of Blackberries and plum fill the palate, while flinty minerality and round licorice add intrigue. A long fresh finish polishes it off, but the story of the wine is best told by the winery. They paint a whimsical story and shed light on their personality. "Patrin is a gypsy word for leaf and grass blades. We wanted a gypsy association for this wine because it is not a wine from a ‘place’ so much as one shaped by us; our traditions and joys. Gypsies have a very strong and romantic culture, but they are not tied to any particular location. By mounding up patrin in specific configurations called Patrina, Gypsies mark secret trails that fellow clan members can follow to special gathering places. Patrina guide these nomads to the site of what starts out as a simple get together underscored with wine and song. These bohemian celebrations of nothing in particular inevitably escalate with great abandon into wildly hedonistic carousing'.


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