Robert Parker, The Wine AdvocateReviewer, Antonio Galloni - Paul Lato's wines are imbued with passion and personality. This is another superb set of wines from one of California's hottest under-the-radar producers. This year, Lato has two new wines; a Chardonnay from Hilliard Bruce (for whom he also consults) and a Grenache from the Larner Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. All of these wines are made in tiny amounts, but they are well worth the effort of searching out.
Winery NotesThis is my inaugural vintage of Grenache. Fortunately, I was able to source from a vineyard which is justly famous for this difficult yet extremely rewarding varietal. Bright, translucent red-cherry color. Fragrant sour-cherry-and-smoked-plum nose with crushed-stone accents. An elegant wine of medium body, layered with red fruit, spicy oak, and "garrigue" nuances. Silky textured, yet well structured and long on the palate, more pinot-esque than syrah-like. Only two barrels made, 50% New French oak, unfiltered.