Paul Lato Wines – Unbelievably Good and Very Hard to Get!1
I have been on Paul’s mailing list for a couple of years now as this was the only way you could obtain these coveted, high scoring gems. During these years, I’ve been begging Paul for an allotment at my store so that I could share these with you because I think his list is closed and there is a long wait now.
My patience, and begging, has been rewarded. Our first allotment has arrived. I know they’re pricey but we’re no more than what you’d pay for them on the mailing list. We don’t have many, so get them while we have them!
Paul Lato 2009 Chardonnay Le Souvenir
Rating: Robert Parker 95 Points
Fresh scents of acacia blossoms with notes of lemon zest and spring mountain flowers on the nose. A touch of vanilla and wet stone. This wine is dry, zesty and vibrant with plenty of refreshing acidity and a long pleasant finish.
Paul Lato 2009 Pinot Noir Suerte
Rating: Robert Parker 94 Points
Winemakers Notes: This vineyard is going from strength to strength. As the vines mature, I was also able to obtain the lease of the best parcels. It is a new expression of Santa Maria Pinot. Elegant and fine with velvety texture, full body and a long finish with assertive tannins
Paul Lato 2009 Pinot Noir Hillliard-Bruce Vineyard Alegria
Demure aromatics showing darker well-spiced cherry, berry and currant fruits with an underpinning of forest floor and underbrush. Earthy and mysterious on the palate with firm ripe tannins, a silky mouth feel, and some persistence on the aromatic finish. A lot to like in this young vines offering.
Want more proof that these are wines you need to have in your cellar? Consider this prestigious list of restaurants that serve his wines and what they must charge for them:
- Bouchon, Santa BarbaraBoulevard, San Francisco
- Campanile, Los Angeles
- Craft, Los Angeles
- Farallon, San Francisco
- Frascati, San Francisco
- The French Laundry, Yountville
- Grace, Los Angeles
- Michael Mina, San Francisco
- Per Se, New York
- Napa Rose, Anaheim
- Roys, Honolulu, Kapolei, Kihei, Lahaina
- Sona, Los Angeles
So ask around, ask any wine geek who knows who is the hot ticket in Paso Robles these days and they’ll all tell you . . . Paul Lato!