2013 Paul Lato "Suerte - Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1207311 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Possibly the greatest wine to date from this incredible site that's located just south of Santa Maria, Lato's 2013 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte offers sensational levels of sweet red fruits, currants, forest floor, spring flowers and salty minerality on both the nose and palate. Sexy, seamless and elegant, with its acidity perfectly integrated into its core of sweet fruit, it doesn't put a foot wrong, has fine tannin and is already hard to resist. Nevertheless, it should be better in another 1-2 years and drink well through 2023+. (JD)  (8/2015)

92 points Vinous

 The 2013 Pinot Noir Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard is the biggest and richest of the three Santa Maria Pinots. Powerful, ripe and intense, the 2013 leans towards the voluptuous end of what this site is capable of. A host of dark-fleshed stone fruits, new leather and spice find plenty of structural intensity underpinning. Today, the 2013 comes across as raw and not fully formed, so readers need to be patient. Solomon Hills is, in my view, one of the truly great vineyards in Santa Barbara County. It will be interesting to see how things shape up here over time. Paul Lato's wines are essays into the unique personalities of some of the best Central Coast vineyards. The wines are always racy, with a good deal of oak influence, and textured, sensual personalities. Vintage 2013 seems to favor Chardonnay and Syrah, while the Pinots - although excellent - rarely hit the same highs. 92+ (AG)  (8/2015)

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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