Paul Lato Duende Gold Coast Pinot Noir 2015
30-year-old vines contribute classic Santa Maria Valley character to this sommelier favorite, with notes of trampled strawberry and soil supported by a soft tannic backbone filled with hard spice and pine. The aromas are perfumed, delicate, and mysterious. The lightest of my Pinot Noir’s is always a standout, and this vintage is no exception.
|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|
Wine AdvocateMoving to the 2014 Pinot Noirs, this is a vintage that Paul loves. The 2014 Pinot Noir Goldcoast Vineyard Duende is from the Santa Maria Valley and comes from the Martini clone, which was selected by UC Davis from Martini’s Carneros vineyard. It's the lightest colored in the lineup and it shines for its elegance, nuances and finesse more so than overt power and richness. Notes of strawberries, light spice, sappy flowers and hints of charcoal all flow to a medium-bodied, pretty, silky Pinot Noir that has fine tannin, no hard edges and a great finish. Aged 14 months in 25% new French oak, it should evolve nicely for a decade.