As always, the Paul Lato “Rhône” releases are the smallest productions of his portfolio and sell out even faster than his highly-rated “Burgundy” offerings a.k.a as Paul Lato Chardonnay & Pinot Noirs.
We are offering the Lato “Rhône” releases ONLY as mixed 3-packs, sorry no exceptions.
IL Padrino Syrah, Cinematique Syrah, & Ora et Labore Grenache
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IL Padrino Syrah, Cinematique Syrah, & Chardonnay
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IL Padrino Syrah, Cinematique Syrah, & Pinot Noir
This has been one of the best California Syrahs for years in a row. This wine will put many of the big Rhone names to shame! I only get a few cases of this gem, so jump on it NOW, as this will sell out fast! This wine gets an average 96-100 points every release!
Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points: “The 2019 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard comes from further north, in Santa Maria, and it was mostly destemmed as well and spent 19 months in close to two-thirds new French oak. More Jamet-like notes of ripe blackberries, smoked game, ground pepper, and spring flowers define the bouquet, and it’s full-bodied, with a perfectly balanced, multi-dimensional texture, incredible tannins, and a great, great finish. This is another brilliant, magical Syrah from Lato that flirts with perfection.”
Paul Lato says: “Once again, Bien Nacido Syrah produces one of our most complex and intriguing wines, creating harmony between many worlds of flavor. Ripe blueberry, lavender, incense, and leather all emerge as a symphony of aromas from this full-bodied, structured wine. Deep, rich, fabulously concentrated, and pure on the palate, it stays tight and compact, with notable precision and length. Whether it’s a few minutes in the glass, or several years in the cellar, this wine becomes increasingly layered with time.”
This is in my book one of “THE” best Cinematique to-date bar-none! I strongly believe that this wine is equal to all of Paul’s great previous releases, if not better!
Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “As to the two Syrahs, both are 100% varietal and were mostly destemmed, seeing just 5% whole clusters. The 2019 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard from Ballard Canyon saw mostly neutral barrels, with one-third being new. Its deep purple/ruby color is followed by a floral, incredibly pure, medium to full-bodied Syrah offering loads of raspberry and blackberry fruit as well as spring flowers, ground pepper, orange blossom, and hints of bouquet garni. About as seamless and elegant as they come, it’s perfectly balanced, has ripe tannins, no hard edges, and a monster of a finish. This is power and elegance put together brilliantly. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.”
Paul Lato says: “This Blockbuster Syrah has a larger-than-life presence in the glass. Plums, blackberries, blueberries, ground pepper, and olive notes all flow to a powerful, full-bodied Syrah that has a luxurious, layered character. Fine and elegant tannins lead to a long, seamless finish, a true expression of the beautiful 2019 vintage. After you finish this bottle, you’ll be asking for an encore.”
This is a big, bold Grenache that offers lots of cassis and black raspberry fruit to go with underlying notes of wet gravel, peppery herbs, licorice and pepper. Full in body, seamless, elegant and multidimensional on the palate, with a weightless mouthfeel, it’s acidity is nicely integrated and it never puts a foot wrong. Given its balance and overall purity, it’s a killer drink today, but it will evolve beautifully.
Jeb Dunnuck 94 Points: The 2019 Grenache Ora et Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard isn’t far off the Lumiere Larner Vineyard and certainly has a similar level of polish and elegance, although there’s more minerality and marine-like influence. Black cherries, peppery herbs, crushed stone, and floral notes all show on the nose, and it’s medium to full-bodied, structured, and concentrated. Where the Larner is up-front and ready to go, this is going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age. It should still be drinking nicely at age 10 as well.
Paul Lato says: “This wine has a seductive nose of kirsch, potpourri and white pepper with touches of garrigue and dried lavender. The palate is full-bodied, rich and concentrated with notes of blackberry preserves and layers of spice. With a focused style and a structured backbone, this wine finishes with smooth flavors of cranberry and vanilla. Lay this bottle down for 2 to 3 years and it will truly shine.”