2009 Paul Lato "Lancelot - Pisoni Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1094802 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard is gorgeous. An intoxicating melange of dark plums, wild cherries, white flowers, licorice, spices and cinnamon emerge from this dazzling, beautifully delineated wine. The Lancelot possesses superb clarity and precision while capturing plenty of textural depth. It is a first-class effort from start to finish. A closing blast of black cherry fruit is suggestive of Comte Armand’s Clos des Epeneaux. (AG)  (8/2011)

93 points James Suckling

 Very dark fruits here with blueberries, blackberries and spices. Full-bodied with a huge core of fruit, with harmony at the same time. Muscular.  (5/2012)

92 points Vinous

 Bright ruby. Sexy, complex bouquet of blackberry, cherry-cola and smoky Indian spices. Brighter raspberry and rose qualities on the velvety, seamless palate, lifted by alluring spiciness. At once rich and energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and lingering sweetness. This wine's depth and power suggest that it will reward patience. (JR) 92+  (11/2011)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Lucia Highlands