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PAUL LATO PINOT NOIR "DUENDE", GOLD COAST VINEYARD, SANTA MARIA VALLEY 2016
NVWE Notes: Deeper in fruit and more exotic than previous “Duende” vintages, this delicious wine offers piquant scents of pomegranate, ripe strawberry, Santa Rosa plum, red currant, bottled red cherry, dried Michigan cherry, cherry pit, sumac berry, pink peppercorn, red rose, mace, sandalwood, ginger snap and pine straw. It is heftier than expected on the palate, where sour red cherry, grenadine, strawberry, dried orange peel, mulling-spice, watermelon candy, pink rose, coriander seed, ginger snaps, sandalwood, Panetone and hints of black tea and tobacco leaf fan-out. Likely several years from its peak, it is altogether delicious and dinner-friendly already.
Paul Lato's recently bottled 2016 Pinot Noir Goldcoast Vineyard Duende is lovely, wafting from the glass with aromas of red and black cherries, burnt sage, incipient notes of loamy soil and a lavish framing of creamy new oak. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, with a succulent core of fruit, juicy acids and an elegant chassis of fine, melting tannins. Lato observes that these old vines are all clone 4 and that the gently-sloping site doesn't look propitious, but he's always been surprised by the quality that they routinely produce. Drink Date: 2018 - 2028 William Kelley 27th Apr 2018