Readers looking for an alternative to the higher-priced and harder to find wines in this lineup should focus on the 2009 Patrina. As I noted last year, the Patrina is a new Syrah made from parcels that have never been used for Reva, Lorraine or Seymour’s. The 2009 is a gorgeous, classy wine that captures the essence of the Alban house style. Sweet red cherries, flowers and mint are some of the many notes that flow from this impeccable, silky and polished Syrah. Today, the 2009 is accessible, open and even more beautiful than it was from barrel. (AG)
Both rich and powerful, with a measure of finesse and restraint, mingling dark berry, boysenberry and huckleberry flavors, with notes of spice, cedar, tobacco and licorice. Maintains its focus and persistence on the finish. A new Syrah from Alban, coming from a younger vineyard. Drink now through 2023. *Highly Recommended* (JL)
There are 1,200 cases of the 2009 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina Alban Estate Vineyard produced and it’s a perfect entry into John’s wines. A blend of 100% Syrah from all over the estate, it doesn’t have the depth or structure of John’s other Syrahs, yet it’s textbook Alban in style with deep, ripe aromas of dark berry styled fruit, violets, meat juice, and licorice all soaring from the glass. Full-bodied and voluptuously textured, with palate staining fruit, excellent acidity, and solid length, this still stays perfectly balanced, light, and overall elegant. It’s delicious now, and should continue to shine for 8-10 years.
Intense dark fruits and berries with licorice and graphite. Full and fruity with a lovely center palate. Concentrated and long. Yet agile and pretty. This is a blend of six blocks on this property but not the top crus. Drink now or hold.
Inky purple. Classic syrah aromas of black and blue fruits, cracked pepper, olive tapenade and violet, with a spicy overtone. Concentrated and chewy in texture, offering sappy cassis and blueberry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The spicy note returns on the long, smooth, focused finish. Shows nice complexity now but this syrah should age well on its energy. (JR)
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