2010 Paul Lato "Il Padrino - Bien Nacido Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Syrah

SKU #1191611 96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Much more firm and structured than the Cinematique, the 2010 Paul Lato Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard will need cellar time to fully flesh out and show all that it has. Checking in at 13.7% Alcohol, made with 15% whole-cluster, and aged in 100% new oak, this serious Syrah boasts top-flight aromas of smoked game, black pepper, meat juice, and slate like minerality that are all wrapped around a vibrant core of dark styled fruit. Full-bodied, dense, and seriously structured on the palate, with brilliant concentration, juicy acidity, masses of tannin, and an overall powerful, yet elegant profile, this superb Syrah should be forgotten for 3-5 years, and then consumed over the following 2 decades. 96+ Inner quote mark (6/2012)

96 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of the Lato flagship wines, the 2010 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard is simply stunning in this vintage. Layers of rich, dark fruit burst from the glass in this expressive, nuanced wine. Hints of bacon fat, crushed rocks, spices and tapenade emerge over time, but readers will have to wait at least another year or two before the wine's full personality emerges. Lato made the Padrino with the addition of 5% Viognier and used 20% whole clusters, the first time he has used stems in Syrah. The 100% new oak barrels are beautifully integrated. This is another utterly majestic wine from Paul Lato. Paul Lato's wines are imbued with passion and personality. This is another superb set of wines from one of California's hottest under-the-radar producers. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark That was certainly the case here. As they so often are, Paul Lato's 2010 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard was pure sophistication, elegance and class. A dash of Viognier and partial use of whole clusters came through in the wine's striking inner perfume. The audience loved it, and so did I. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

93 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, cherry-cola, Indian spices and potpourri. Intensely spicy raspberry and boysenberry flavors gain sweetness, smokiness and depth with air, picking up silky tannins and a note of allspice. The floral quality comes back strong on the finish, which is sappy, focused and impressively persistent. Inner quote mark (11/2012)

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