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2009 Paul Lato "Il Padrino - Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah

SKU #1081298 94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Loads of dark fruits with crushed black pepper, licorice and meat on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a spicy finish. This is dense and powerful. This is very voluptuous and upfront. Inner quote mark (5/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard Hillside Block demonstrates what Lato can do with higher quality fruit. The wine bursts onto the palate with layers of black pepper, cassis, sweet herbs, plums and black cherries. This shows marvelous cool weather firmness and minerality along with a clean, bracing finish. A blast of dark blue and black informs the awesome, explosive finish. The 100% new oak barrels are integrated beautifully. This is a fabulous wine from Paul Lato. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark right purple. Highly aromatic, wild scents of dark berry liqueur, spicecake, incense and crushed violet. Reminds me of Syrahs that get whole-cluster vinification but all of these grapes were destemmed. Sappy, spicy and precise on the palate, offering an array of dark fruit and spice flavors and notes of candied licorice and violet. Finishes long and spicy, with excellent clarity and lingering florality. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2011)

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