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Alban Vineyards-Syrah-"Patrina" Edna Valley-2012

Alban Vineyards
"Patrina" Edna Valley


John Alban’s “Estate” Syrah sourced from different parcels of his vineyard at the southern end of the Edna Valley. An outstanding example of Northern Rhone style Syrah with the benefit of California sunshine. Smell & taste sweet blueberries, anise, lavender, black tea, fig paste, bittersweet chocolate. Kick of acidity on the mid-palate. Needs a long decant or cellar time (2018?). Makes us want leg of lamb. 
From the winery:
"Patrin is a gypsy word for leaf and grass blades. 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.

"Our vineyards are a patchwork of isolated soil types that you may recognize as Reva, Lorraine,
Seymour’s and Pandora. Between and in route to these well healed sites are vineyards that are not so obviously distinct. We have blended these disparate and ‘disenfranchised’ blocks into a single wine we call Patrina. Like the Gypsy trails from which Patrina derives its name, we hope these bottles lead you to some great merriment, or more."

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