PAUL LATO MULTIPLE 97 POINT SCORES!!

 

My good friend, and winemaker of MilAnge, Paul Lato received well-deserved accolades from Robert Parker. All of his 2014 releases received mostly 96 & 97 point scores. I have a small amount of these wines in stock, and I suggest that you JUMP on them NOW or forever hold your peace!

The 2015 will not be released till Spring & Summer of next year and will be very small in quantity!

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Paul Lato 2014 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard

Retail 95.00 – GGWC 89.99

This is in my book “THE” best Cinematique to-date bar-none! I believe strongly that is equal, if not better than the great 2012, 2008 and 2007 vintages (97 Point rating).  I’m not surprised that this wine received another 97 score again! Congrats Paul!

Robert Parker – 97 Points: “More  sweetly fruited and perfumed than the Bien Nacido Syrah, the 2014 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard is a gorgeously complex Syrah that offers tons of sweet black cherries, framboise, incense and olive aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, utterly seamless, impeccably balanced and insanely pure, this sensational Syrah needs a decant if drinking anytime soon, and will continue to drink brilliantly for another decade.”

Paul Lato Notes: “In just a few short years, this vineyard has become a holy grail for Rhône varietals in Santa Barbara County, receiving critical acclaim for the quality of the grapes and viticultural practices. Christine Larner and her son, Michael, also a winemaker, are ardent about the continued care and development of their vineyard. The natural beauty of the site with its rolling, sun-splashed hills creates an incredibly peaceful vibe. The Syrah clones of Estrella and 877 planted in this picturesque site produce a rich, intensely flavored wine that retains its elegance.”

Paul Lato 2014 Syrah “IL Padrino” Bien Nacido Vineyard

GGWC 94.99

This is becoming Paul Lato’s BEST Syrah bottling numerous years in a row.  If one were in the Rhone Valley, it would put many of the big names to shame!  In a recent tasting Paul’s Il Padrino bottling beat out 100 point wines like Alban’s Reva, and others!  I only get 5 cases of this gem, so jump on it NOW, as this might be the year of a 100 Point Syrah from Lato! This wine gets 95-98 points every release!

Robert Parker 97 Points: “Another sensational vintage for this cuvee, the 2014 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard is slightly deeper colored than the Larner Vineyard and has a more earthy, gamey, savory characteristics in its black currants, damp earth, olive tapenade and sappy flower aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, rich, beautifully concentrated and layered, with good acidity and fine tannin, it needs short term cellaring to come together (the Larner is much more upfront) and will drink beautifully through 2026.”

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Lancelot” Pisoni Vineyard

Retail 100.00 – GGWC 94.99

The “flagship” wine of Paul’s Portfolio!  I don’t need to tell you that the Pisoni vineyard is often compared to the best (1er and Grand Cru) vineyards in Burgundy, and Paul puts a real Burgundian twist on this source!  This wine equals the best of the previous Lancelot bottlings and could even surpass it!  VERY LIMITED!

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Coming from a block that was recently replanted (this cuvee won’t be made after 2015), the 2014 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard is always one of the larger framed, mineral-laced wines from Paul. Offering lots of crushed rock and mineral nuances, with a core of red currants, raspberry, smoked earth and charcoal, it leans towards the blacker fruits, is medium to full-bodied, gorgeously textured and has a finish that won’t quit. Like all of Paul’s wines, it’s impeccably balanced. Give it a year and drink bottles through 2026.”

Paul LATO 2014 Pinot Noir “Prospect” Sierra Madre Vineyard

GGWC 84.99

Robert Parker 94 Points: “Coming all from Dijon clones (115 and 667), the 2014 Pinot Noir The Prospect Sierra Madre Vineyard is more pretty, forward and voluptuous, with lots of black cherry, spring flowers and forest floor aromas and flavors, full-bodied richness and a sexy, layered, downright hard to resist texture. Aged in 50% new French oak, drink it while you wait on the others to come around.”

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Seabiscuit” Zotovich Vineyard

Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99

This latest Zotovich “Seabiscuit” bottling is by far one of Paul’s best efforts to date! I would say that it will rival his 97 Point rated 2013 version!  As it is the case with all of Paul’s wines, I get limited amounts of this great gems, so I can only remind you how great and limited they are!

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Showing the more savory, dried earth and sandy loam-like characteristics that are the hallmark of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is the 2014 Pinot Noir Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard (aged 15 months in 70% new French oak). It has lots of bright cherry, forest floor, spice and dried flowers to go with a supple, gorgeously polished style on the palate. It still has a kiss of new oak, so give it a year in bottle.”

Paul Lato Pinot Noir “Suerte” Solomon Hills

Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99

Paul is not slowing down one bit, and this workhorse “Suerte” will amaze many Pinot lovers alike! It shows gorgeously young, and will even improve a lot more in the years to come!  Only a few barrels produced! This 2014 is any bit as good as the 97 point rated 2013 vintage!

Robert Parker 96 Points: “From a top site in the Santa Maria Valley that’s just to the southwest of Bien Nacido, the 2014 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte comes mostly from clone 115, but has 25% each from 667 and 777. Aged 15 months in 75% new French oak, it’s another lighter colored beauty that offers upfront, fresh and fruit-driven notes of strawberries, framboise, violets and spring flowers. Elegant, layered, pure and with good acidity and fine tannin, it’s already hard to resist, yet should evolve nicely on its balance.”

Paul Lato 2014 Pinot Noir “Contender” Drumm Canyon Vineyard

Retail 90.00 – GGWC 84.99

This might be the best Contender bottling to date!  This rendition of the Drumm Canyon Vineyard “Contender” will make you (happily) dream of a 1er Cru Pommard at a much lower price point!  This latest release is Paul’s best effort to-date and I have only 5 cases of this wine to offer!

Paul Lato Notes: “A highly-perfumed nose of lavender and sweet tobacco alongside lush wild berry notes is beautifully indicative of the Drum Canyon site. The palate is an exotic mélange of hard spice, leather, and bramble fruit, with a surprising and welcome acidity that lends a levity to the muscularity at its core. Like Marlon Brando on the waterfront, it shows that intensity and gracefulness can be a part of the same package.”

Robert Parker 95 Points: “Eclipsing the seriously good 2013, the 2014 Pinot Noir The Contender Drum Canyon Vineyard comes from Swan and Calera clones and spent 15 months in 75% new French oak. More structured and tannic (Paul says it’s the Gevrey of the lineup), with a darker edge to its black raspberry, blackberry, underbrush, red plum and spice aromas and flavors, this beauty hits the palate with a big mouth full of fruit, a layered textured and a great finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy through 2026.”

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “Belle de Jour” Duvara Vineyard

Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99

This is the fifth release from this vineyard and has created a real following.  I would be hard pressed, but I can tell you that this one is every bit as good as the 2012 (95 Pt WA) and 2013 (96 Pt WA) bottlings, maybe a touch more focused and more elegant! A real “skilled” winemaker gem! Due to the success with the 2012 & 2013 vintage I have a lot of demand for this bottling and it will be sold out well before it arrives at my store!

Paul Lato notes: “Duvarita is a biodynamic-in-the-making vineyard, with a purity, brightness, and provincial beauty to the fruit. Fresh aromas of yellow apple and lime rind arise on the clean and crisp nose, while fully-rounded tones of butterscotch and meyer lemon envelop the palate in juicy bliss. The finish is long and mouth-watering with toasted hazelnut and honeysuckle notes lingering.”

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Leading 2014 Chardonnay Belle de Jour Duvarita Vineyard comes from a cool site west of the Sta. Rita Hills and is from the Calera and Mt Eden clones. It’s the first wine from Paul from this site and there’s a scant six barrels to go around. Spending 14 months in 50% new French oak, it has a terrific bouquet of smoke, charcoal, stone and apple fruits, brioche and integrated oak. This gives way to a rich, layered Chardonnay that has bright acidity, a layered, seamless texture and a great finish. In short, it’s another sensational Chardonnay from a great winemaker.”

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “East of Eden” Pisoni Vineyard

Retail 82.00 – GGWC 79.99

This is the Fourth Release of the “East of Eden” Chardonnay from the famed Pisoni Vineyard. Only a few barrels were produced, and I was lucky to get a few cases from Paul as they were all earmarked for his mailing list and for restaurants like French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, etc.

This is probably the best rendition of a 1er Cru Montrachet produced in California.  As you are well aware of Paul’s meticulous wine-making skills and strategy, nothing escapes this guru of precision! I’d say that this wine is very similar to the great 2013 vintage, which received 97 Points from Parker!

Paul Lato notes: “The low-yields of the blustery Santa Lucia Highlands contribute a muscular, razor-sharp, and refined character to the Pisoni fruit. Several French customers have compared this wine to “Corton,” but the almost tannic structure here belies a true elegance of form. 60% new French oak beautifully integrated with notes of Granny Smith apple and lemon rind. The James Bond of my Chardonnay portfolio: muscle and brains in a tight package.”

Robert Parker 2014 – 96 Points: “From one of the top sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2014 Chardonnay East Of Eden Pisoni Vineyard is a tour de force in Chardonnay that will stand up with the best California offers. More masculine, rich and textured, with tons of caramelized orchard fruits, orange blossom, minerality and brioche, it has a great mid-palate, excellent acidity and shows serious length on the finish. Aged 14 months in 50% new French oak, it should have a decade or more of longevity, although there’s no need to delay gratification too long.”

Paul Lato 2014 Chardonnay “Souvenir” Sierra Madre Vineyard

Retail 80.00 – GGWC 76.99

This is a more than worthy follow-up to the 2011,12 & 13 bottlings which received 96-97 Point ratings! This wine might be Paul’s boldest production, yet another gem in my book.  It is by far Paul’s smallest bottling, only 4 barrels produced.  The 2014 is a carbon copy of the 2011 that received rave reviews from my clients and critics alike! I’d be shocked not to see similar scores, or higher!

Paul Lato: “20+year-old Wente clone vines provide the foundation of this classic Chardonnay. An aroma of alpine flowers rise through mineral notes of broken stone and granite. The palate is velvety and generous but is light on its feet with a zesty, refreshing acidity, with a touch of vanilla and a long finish. Succulent and fresh. 65% New French oak yet the oak is nuanced.”

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Made all from the Wente clone, the 2014 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard saw more new oak than most of the releases and spent 14 months in 70% new barrels. Paul has a two-acre parcel in this site, which is located in the Santa Maria Valley, and he first started working with fruit from this site in 2007. This 2014 is medium-bodied, ultra-fine and utterly seamless on the palate, with textbook notes of buttered apples, stone fruits, white flowers and hints of minerality. Every speck of new oak has been completely absorbed by this sensational Chardonnay, and it should drink gorgeously for 5-7 years. I don’t have any experience with aged examples of this cuvee, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep for longer either.”

Paul Lato 2014 Grenache “White Piano” Paderewski Vineyard

Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99

Paul Lato’s notes: “This is one of the most historic vineyards in Santa Maria Valley tracing its grape-growing history back to the days of the Spanish land grants. Vineyard Manager Chris Hammell and his dedicated crew continue to take this vineyard to even greater heights. Many of this region’s most acclaimed winemakers have enjoyed great success working with this internationally renowned site.”

Robert Parker 93 Points: “The most perfumed and upfront of the Grenache releases from Lato, the 2014 Grenache Paderewski Vineyard is a ripe, perfumed, strawberry, kirsch, incense and potpourri-scented 2014 that’s medium to full-bodied, supple, open knit and loaded with charm. It finishes well, has a distinct personality and is an impressive, feminine style of Grenache to drink over the coming 5-7 years.”

Paul Lato 2013  Chardonnay “Le Souvenir” Santa Maria Valley

MAGNUM – Only ONE left!!

GGWC 180.00

Paul Lato notes:  “White flower, wet stone, and hints of tropical fruit arise on the nose of this classic Chardonnay, which comes from 20 year old Wente clone vines. The lithe acidity is seamless as it cuts through the entire palate, right through a finish of fresh vanilla bean and candied apple. Precise and graceful.”

Robert Parker 96 Points:  “From a tiny 4.5-acre block in one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2013 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard saw 14 months in 55% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, lively, full-flavored and with vibrant acidity, it offers up ample, mineral-laced notes of apple blossom, citrus, honeysuckle and classy oak. Still tight and backwards, it needs a year or so to come together and should be at its best from 2017-2023.”

Paul Lato 2013 Syrah “IL Padrino” Bien Nacido,Santa Barbara

MAGNUM – Only ONE left!!

GGWC 249.99

Robert Parker 96 Points: As with the Grenache releases, the 2013 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard is a bigger, richer wine than the Larner Vineyard release. This inky, mostly opaque 2013 has an off-the-hook bouquet of smoked black fruits, ground black pepper, graphite, bacon fat and marine-like sea-breeze to go with a full-bodied, ultra-pure, elegant and seamless profile on the palate. Beautifully concentrated, multi-dimensional, layered, elegant and with blockbuster length, it’s another wine from Paul that has the pedigree to drink splendidly in its youth, yet age gracefully.

Paul Lato Notes: “This is one of the most historic vineyards in Santa Maria Valley tracing its grape-growing history back to the days of the Spanish land grants. Vineyard Manager Chris Hammell and his dedicated crew continue to take this vineyard to even greater heights. Many of this region’s most acclaimed winemakers have enjoyed great success working with this internationally renowned site. While offering a variety of topography, my very special block of the Estrella clone grows on hillside and produces an elegant, spicy expression of Syrah like those from the great Northern Rhône appellations. This wine often smells of church incense with white pepper and minerality. My Syrah speaks with a softer voice, presenting beautiful aromatics and velvety texture while retaining great structure and perfect acidity.”

Paul Lato 2013 Grenache “Ora de Labora” Bien Nacido, Santa Barbara

750 ml

Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99

Paul Lato 2013 Grenache “Ora de Labora” Bien Nacido, Santa Barbara

MAGNUM

GGWC 199.99

Robert Parker 95 Points: “A bigger, richer and more concentrated effort than the Larner Grenache, the 2013 Grenache Bien Nacido Vineyard offers lots of cassis and black raspberry fruit to go with underlying notes of wet gravel, shrimp broth, peppery herbs, licorice and pepper. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, elegant and multi-dimensional 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.”

Paul Lato’s notes: “This is one of the most historic vineyards in Santa Maria Valley tracing its grape-growing history back to the days of the Spanish land grants. Vineyard Manager Chris Hammell and his dedicated crew continue to take this vineyard to even greater heights. Many of this region’s most acclaimed winemakers have enjoyed great success working with this internationally renowned site.”

Only 4 barrels produced!

Paul Lato 2013 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard

750 ml

Retail 95.00- GGWC 89.99

Paul Lato 2013 Syrah “Cinematique” Larner Vineyard

MAGNUM – Only TWO left!!

GGWC 224.99

Robert Parker 95 Points: “The 2013 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard exudes class and elegance on both the nose and palate. Possessing a captivating bouquet that continues to change in the glass, it reveals a core of black raspberries, violets, graphite, dusty soil and dried flowers. These carry to a full-bodied, perfectly balanced Syrah that has layers of pure fruit, integrated acidity and that fine-grained tannin quality that comes only from sandy soils. More supple and elegant than the Bien Nacido release, without quite the same level of concentration, it excels on its purity, balance and overall harmony. I suspect it will gain a touch more weight with short-term cellaring and it will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”

Paul Lato Notes: “In just a few short years, this vineyard has become a holy grail for Rhône varietals in Santa Barbara County, receiving critical acclaim for the quality of the grapes and viticultural practices. Christine Larner and her son, Michael, also a winemaker, are ardent about the continued care and development of their vineyard. The natural beauty of the site with its rolling, sun-splashed hills creates an incredibly peaceful vibe. The Syrah clones of Estrella and 877 planted in this picturesque site produce a rich, intensely flavored wine that retains its elegance.”

MilAnge 2014 Syrah, Santa Barbara

Retail 80.00 – GGWC 74.99

MilAnge is my own label, so I am of course very partial to the wine. MilAnge is named after my two daughters, MIL(ayna) and ANGE(lina). My award winning winemaker Paul Lato sourced the fruit from two of Santa Barbara’s most famous vineyard sites. Unfortunately, only 2 barrels were produced, so it will go quick!

The 2014 MilAnge Syrah was exclusively crafted by ace winemaker Paul Lato.  This youngster oozes with stunning and bright fruit.  On the nose you’ll encounter red and black stone fruits with a whiff of bacon fat.  On the palate this lush wine is loaded with sweet black stone fruit, crushed flowers, cassis and cured meats.  Bold, yet elegant this wine is concentrated yet approachable with a rich and lush mouthfeel.  The wine ends with touch of white pepper silky finish.  Only 50 cases were produced.

Also check out:

MILANGE 2013 “FAMILY RESERVE” CABERNET, NAPA VALLEY

MILANGE 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, NAPA VALLEY

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