2013 Paul Lato "Suerte - Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
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)
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)
From the winery: "A development by the Miller family, founders of Bien Nacido Vineyards, this fine project adds a new level of refinement to this region. Knowing Vineyard Manager Chris Hammel’s enthusiasm and commitment, I was motivated to select this vineyard. From the first few vintages, wines from this vineyard made by other producers showed great potential and have not disappointed. Spread on beautifully even hills, this is the most westerly vineyard in the appellation making it the coolest due to its proximity to the ocean. Notoriously low yielding vines of clones 115, 667, and 777 create a great concentration of balanced flavors. Bright acidity highlighting gentle red fruit aromatics with a hint of chocolate and smokiness. Medium to full-bodied with velvet texture but perfectly delineated. This vineyard has the potential to become the “Grand Cru” of the Santa Barbara County."