Paul Lato, 'Cinematique' Larner Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara, California, 2019
Overview of the Wine
Passion, quality, and authenticity. These are the guiding principles of our small, artisanal winery dedicated to producing Burgundy and Rhone varietals. Paul Lato is a former sommelier who studied wine extensively and traveled the world before starting his winemaking operation on the Central Coast in 2002. Though their style is inspired by the balance and harmony, they also seek to capture the intensity of flavor that is a hallmark of sun-kissed California vineyards.
Through small-lot boutique production, minimal intervention in the winery, and purity of intention, the team works to achieve elegance in the bottle that showcases the unique qualities of these amazing sites. The ultimate goal is to create wines that are seamless and textural with the structure and balance to complement fine cuisine.
Grape / Blend
Santa Barbara, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This Blockbuster Syrah has a larger-than-life presence in the glass. Plums, blackberries, blueberries, ground pepper, and olive notes all flow to a powerful, full-bodied Syrah that has a luxurious, layered character. Fine and elegant tannins lead to a long, seamless finish, a true expression of the beautiful 2019 vintage. After you finish this bottle, you’ll be asking for an encore.
97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
As to the two Syrahs, both are 100% varietal and were mostly destemmed, seeing just 5% whole clusters. The 2019 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard from Ballard Canyon saw mostly neutral barrels, with one-third being new. Its deep purple/ruby color is followed a floral, incredibly pure, medium to full-bodied Syrah offering loads of raspberry and blackberry fruit as well as spring flowers, ground pepper, orange blossom, and hints of bouquet garni. About as seamless and elegant as they come, it's perfectly balanced, has ripe tannins, no hard edges, and a monster of a finish. This is power and elegance put together brilliantly. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
95 Points - Vinous
The 2019 Syrah Larner Vineyard Cinematique is packed with dark cherry, mocha, plum, lavender and spice, all supported by a good deal of structure that lends energy. The Larner Syrah is a wine of tremendous personality, character and nuance. Give it a few years in bottle to be at its finest.
Product size: 750ml
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