Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: “Coming from Carneros, just south of Napa, the 2019 Pinot Noir Magic Moments Hyde Vineyard was all destemmed and spent 16 months in 50% new French oak. It’s another classy, ripe, textured, yet still balanced and seamless wine from Lato that I’d certainly love to have on any dinner table. Revealing a ruby/plum/translucent hue as well as complex notes of ripe cherry and darker berry fruits along with forest floor and spice, it’s rich, medium to full-bodied, and powerful, with a Russian River-like power level. One of the more mouth-filling efforts in the vintage, it’s a head turner that should evolve gracefully for 7-8 years, if not a decade.”
Robert Parker 97+ Points: “ The Pinot Noir Magic Moments Hyde Vineyard is an incredible wine, powerful but featherweight. It has a pale to medium ruby-purple color with delicate scents of lavender, tea leaves, saline and crushed red berries, opening to deeper tones of fragrant earth and licorice with time in the glass. In the mouth, it’s smooth as silk with bright, crunchy, spicy fruits, firm but fine and detailed and finishing with a classic peacock’s tail of expanding flavors. Only 100 cases were made.”
Tasting Notes: This stunning Paul Lato Hyde Vineyard offers up a basket full of aromas that jump out of the glass. The wine is loaded with tons of dark red fruit, spices, a hint of mixed herbs, and licorice. This bold, lush youngster is loaded with class and pedigree and tons of generous fruit that is balanced with the right touch acidity. The lush flavors of this remarkable wine lead smoothly into a textured, silky finish.