Thursday, September 7, 2023

Amazing 2021 Paul Lato Pinot Noir


More great press on 2021 Central Coast Pinot Noir! I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Lato on my last trip to California. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, and he has the Midas touch on all things Pinot Noir. He sources fruit from the Grand Cru vineyards of the Central Coast; these small production wines truly are magic in a bottle. They are always super-limited, do not sleep on them!

2021 Paul Lato Peake Ranch Vineyard "Victor Francis"...$79.99
This vineyard site is the Easternmost vineyard in Santa Rita
Wild strawberries, rose petals, forest floor, and orange blossom are just some of the nuances in the 2021 Pinot Noir Victor Francis Peake Ranch Vineyard, a beautifully pure, medium to full-bodied, spicy, floral Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir. It has the same level of purity and elegance found in the other efforts here and is a joy to drink. Completely destemmed and aged 17 months in two-thirds new French oak, it will have a solid 7-8 years of longevity, but don't be afraid to open bottles.
Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2021 Paul Lato Pisoni Vineyard "Lancelot"...$104.99
Arguably the most well-known vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands
I always find an incredible sense of minerality from this site, and the 2021 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard has bright red fruits, white flowers, crushed stone, and violet-like aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, tight, and structured, it's flawlessly balanced and has a great finish. Hide bottles for 2-3 years and enjoy through 2033.
Rated 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck

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