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PAUL LATO PINOT NOIR "ATTICUS", JOHN SEBASTIANO VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2016
NVWE Notes: Displaying the firmness notable to its vineyard, this classy Pinot opens with a structured, zesty, focused mix of Amarena cherry, Maraschino cherry, pomegranate, cinnamon-candied apple, Santa Rosa plum, pink peppercorn, star anise and baking-spice scents. It is sleek and quietly grippy on the palate, where sour red cherry, red plum, whortleberry and red and black raspberry dominate, while yellow rose, dried orange zest, mace and hazelnut chime-in in support. The wine’s flavors and especially the finish grow in depth and appeal with airing, as the cinnamon apple, sour red cherry and whortleberry notes become truly prominent and sweet pipe tobacco, baking-spice, ginger snap and leather suggestions provide contrast. If perhaps five years or more from its apogee, this is a great match to crusted pork roast or seared duck breast right now.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Atticus John Sebastiano Vineyard bursts from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of red cherry, plum preserve, black figs, licorice, sweet spices, black tea and a generous application of creamy new oak. On the palate, the wine is ample and medium to full-bodied, with lovely energy and tension at the core despite its decadently ripe aromas, with its tannins fine-grained and its finish long and sappy. Drink Date: 2018 - 2028 William Kelley 27th Apr 2018
The 2016 Pinot Noir Atticus John Sebastiano Vineyard is broad, powerful and ample, with terrific intensity in all of its dimensions. There is tremendous purity to the red cherry and pomegranate fruit, but the 2016 also needs at least a few years in bottle to fully come together. It is one of the more virile wines in the range. Drink 2018 - 2028. Antonio Galloni Sep 2018