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2017 Paul Lato "C'est la Vie - Drum Canyon Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1443715 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Another Sta. Rita Hills release, the 2017 Pinot Noir C'Est La Vie Drum Canyon Vineyard (15 months in 50% new French oak) is more spice-driven and pretty, with an incredibly balanced, layered, seamless style. Notes of ripe strawberries, raspberries, white flowers, vanilla cream, spice, and hints of forest floor all give way to a gorgeously elegant, ethereal effort that has ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Drum Canyon comes from 14-year-old vines planted in sandy loam, with the wine aged for 15 months in 60% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir C'est la Vie Drum Canyon has a youthfully coiled nose slowly unfurling to fresh sage, rose petal, lilac, orange peel, autumn leaves, dust, perfumed earth and black tea leaves with a core of raspberry preserves, black cherries and berries, blueberries and charcuterie hints - this is so perfumed! It's medium-bodied with slowly blossoming fruit, earth and spice flavor layers, with firm but elegant, wonderfully pixelated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and packed full of perfume and spice. Wow! So elegant. So refined. (EB) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir C'est la Vie is dense, powerful and packed with both intense fruit and structure. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice, dried herbs and licorice develop in the glass, but C'est la Vie is mostly a wine of power and structure. I would give it a few years in bottle to be at its best. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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