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Alban Vineyards - North 2016


Price: $75.00

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Producer Alban Vineyards
Country United States
Region California
Subregion Edna Valley
Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2016
Sku 00074
Size 750ml

While North is not an Alban Vineyards’ wine, it is not really possible to tell the story of this label without acknowledging its roots. Many of you know that Alban Vineyards is the first American winery and vineyard to have been established exclusively for Rhone varieties. On the surface, the fact that once upon a time almost a fourth of the vineyards planted at Alban were either Pinot Noir or Chardonnay seems rather contradictory. For the first 15 years of Alban Vineyards, John couldn’t afford to keep more than 20% of the fruit he raised. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay were an easy sell and provided some of the cash flow necessary to make his Rhone vision a reality.

As Alban Vineyards progressed and the contracts for the Chardonnay and Pinot lapsed, we were in a position to keep the blocks. They were methodically grafted and became the foundation for Patrina. But one vineyard has always been particularly special to me. Perched on a steep north facing hillside and planted into loam frosted sandstone we have an isolated and unique block comprised of four acres of Pinot Noir and one of Chardonnay; all planted the year we married- 1997. The agreement to sell this fruit ended with the 2010 harvest and naturally prompted the question, “what now?” Those of you who know my husband will not be surprised to hear that when I said, “I want it.” He replied, “It’s yours.

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