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2017 Paul Lato "Suerte - Solomon Hills Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1483778 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Sololmon Hills vineyard is the most westerly—and thus the coolest—vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley AVA. Vines are 17 years old, planted in ocean floor sandy loam, and the wine was aged for 17 months in 65% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte features pure aromas of redcurrant, red licorice, shaved nutmeg and warm cinnamon on the nose with spiced cranberry sauce, black cherry, rose petal, pink peppercorn and autumn leaves. The medium-bodied palate is silky with layer after layer of spice, earth and fruit, wonderfully pixelated, grainy tannins and seamless acidity, finishing very long and very spicy. Paul Lato says, "If Santa Maria were Musigny, this would be Bonnes Mares." 240 cases produced. (EB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I've always been a fan of the Pinot Noir from this site. The 2017 Pinot Noir Suerte Solomon Hills Vineyard from Lato was all destemmed and spent 15 months in 65% new French oak. Lots of Bing cherries, passion fruits, black raspberries, candied violets, and earthy forest floor notes emerge from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, it has good acidity and a tight, backward style on the palate that's going to benefit from another year in bottle. 94+ Inner quote mark (10/2019)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Paul Lato's 2017 Pinot Noir Suerte is a pretty wine that shows the more overt side of the year in its exotic, flamboyantly ripe personality. Succulent red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice, mint, kirsch and hard candy add to that impression. Readers should expect a racy, overt style. Even so, all the elements are nicely balanced. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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