2012 Paul Lato "il Padrino - Bien Nacido" Santa Maria Valley Syrah

SKU #1270037 95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark More masculine (about as masculine as any of Paul’s wines get? which isn’t very masculine), the 2012 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard (100% Syrah aged in 85% new French oak) had loads of creme de cassis, wood smoke, cracked pepper, salty minerality and ground herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered, pure and overall fresh profile on the palate. It’s the incredible purity of fruit that really sets this apart. Also showing building, finely polished tannin on the finish, give this smoking Syrah another year or so and drink it through 2027. (JD) 95+ Inner quote mark (8/2014)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dried herbs, smoke, dried flowers, violets pomegranate, tobacco and menthol are all woven together in the 2012 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard, a wine that stands out for its class and personality. Deep, savory and highly expressive, the Bien Nacido is perhaps a touch less overt than the Larner Syrah, with a bit more emphasis on both earthiness and energy. This is another gorgeous wine from Paul Lato. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2014)

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