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2010 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley
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About Alban Vineyards

John Alban makes some of the most aromatically complex and explosively rich wines in the New World from traditional Rhone varieties. Since 1989 he’s worked entirely with fruit from his own superb clonal material, planted on chalk-rich hillside vineyards in Edna Valley.

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2010 Alban Vineyards Syrah Patrina Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley

Producer: Alban Vineyards
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2013

Bright purple.  Heady scents of blueberry, boysenberry and cassis, with a smoky topnote.  Broad, sappy and nicely concentrated, offering sweet dark fruit flavors complemented by notes of Indian spices, olive, and bitter chocolate.  A rich, deep but lively syrah that finishes spicy and long, with very soft tannins.  Alban told me that this fruit was picked at a very low 21.8 Brix, in November.

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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