2009 Paul Lato "Alegria - Hillard Bruce" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1094794 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby-red. Vibrant red and dark berries on the nose, with sexy Asian spices, fresh rose and bright minerality adding complexity. A silky, graceful midweight, offering vivid raspberry and floral pastille flavors and slow-building spiciness. Shows striking minerality and sappiness, finishing with outstanding clarity and persistence. (JR)  (11/2011)

92 points James Suckling

 Aromas of ripe fruits verging on dried, with hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and a mineral, hazelnut. Savory. Better in 2013.  (12/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir Alegria Hilliard Bruce Vineyard is a soft, perfumed wine laced with red fruit, flowers, mint and spices. It shows lovely textural richness in an understated, feminine style. The sandy soils here yield a more fragrant style of Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. I was blown away by the wines I tasted from Paul Lato. These are some of the most pure, thrilling wines being made in California today. The wines are available in a small number of high-end restaurants, including The French Laundry, or through the mailing list. For what it’s worth, I signed up right away. The Pinots are made from fully destemmed fruit, see a fairly lengthy cold soak of 7 days and are aged in 50-80% new oak. (AG)  (8/2011)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A highly aromatic and perfumed nose of sandalwood, plum and ripe dark berries introduces rich, lush and overtly opulent flavors that possess plenty of volume before terminating in a dusty, mouth coating, intense and ever-so-mildly tangy finish where a noticeable touch of warmth appears. This is really quite pretty and if not especially complex, it is certainly delicious plus it should offer a few years of cellar potential.  (9/2012)

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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.


- 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.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.