2013 Paul Lato "The Prospect-Sierra Madre Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Slightly darker in color and richer than the Duende release, the 2013 Pinot Noir The Prospect Sierra Madre Vineyard comes all from Dijon clones planted in the sandy loam soils of the Sierra Madre Vineyard located in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley. Seeing 15 months in 53% new French oak, Paul calls it his Marilyn Monroe. I found it lively and fresh, with bright acidity and a crystalline feel in its black cherry, black raspberry and spring flower aromas and flavors. Picking up subtle minerality and forest floor with time in the glass, it has beautiful fruit yet stays classy, balanced and elegant. It should be at its best from 2017-2025. (JD)
Dark red cherry, plum, violet, lavender and mint are some of the many notes that inform the 2013 Pinot Noir The Prospect Sierra Madre Vineyard. Weightless and wonderfully nuanced in the glass, the 2013 offers plenty of power and intensity in a translucent style that holds considerable appeal. With time in the glass, the 2013 turns more delicate, showing off its impeccable balance. Shades of cinnamon, cloves and violets add the final dimensions of nuance. 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. (AG)
From the winery: "After looking for a very special site planted with the Wente clone, I was lucky to find a most enchanting part of the historic Sierra Madre Vineyard established over 30 years ago. It was the late Robert Mondavi who reshaped the fate of this vineyard in the early 1990’s. This small parcel has gentle southern exposure, producing small yields of medium-bodied Chardonnay with nuances of citrus and minerality. Silky with bright acidity and structure reminiscent of fine white Burgundies, This Chardonnay is remarkably food-friendly. I also produce a full-bodied, generous and equally wholesome Pinot Noir from adjacent blocks using clones 115 and 667. Owner Doug Circle’s commitment to providing me with the best of the best grapes from his vineyard is highly important to the success of my wine."