2013 marks the sixth vintage of this Alban offering; it was also a superlative vintage for them and much of California. Patrina '13 is a true to form Alban Syrah: dark, dense, soft, concentrated and long. Blue and Black fruits with graphite and licorice notes and the ultra-sweet soft tannins that are the hallmark of the 2013 vintage. 2500 cases aged 27 months in 60% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered using gravity.
The Wine Advocate 94 - The 1,080 case 2013 Syrah Patrina, which is the entry level Syrah, sees a higher temperature during fermentation and roughly 20 days on skins, with periodic punch downs. Aged 22 months in two-thirds new French oak, it trumps most estates grand vin. Showing the forward, plush, sweetly fruited style of all of the 2013s here, with notes of smoked meats, violets, caramelized black cherries and cassis, with its oak component pushed all the way into the background, drink this full-bodied, pure, seamless Syrah through 2023.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni 92 - Opaque purple. Smoke-accented black and blue fruits and a hint of violet on the fragrant nose. Gently sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering juicy blackberry and boysenberry flavors sharpened by a jolt of cracked pepper. Shows impressive energy and spicy thrust on the very long, supple finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a touch of bitter chocolate. There are 1,800 cases of this wine to go around, and the price makes it a solid value for those wanting to get an idea of what the fuss is about for this iconic New World Rhône variety specialist.