We had this right after the 2018 Strawberry Hills grenache. It was very good, but we thought the grenache was much better. Not sure if our palates were saturated, if the wine is in a bit of a dumb phase, or if it’s on the downslope, but this didn’t have the depth that I was expecting from this one. Still a terrific wine, though, so the streak continues of me never having a wine from Paul Lato that I have not enjoyed! — 5 days ago
It’s a walk in the woods with a bowl of cherries. The nose presents with woods and earth. The palate brings forward subtle fruit notes. This is a complex beauty that paired perfectly with my rustic herb grilled whole chicken. While I’m generally not a huge fan of Syrah, this wine is wonderful. — 12 days ago
Oct 23, 2020. Celebrating champagne day. This ones a winner! 70% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay. Tart green apple. So good! — 5 days ago
Absolutely love Paul Lato’s grenaches. Made in a much more feminine style than, say, what John Alban does, this one is probably still a bit too young but was terrific just the same. Delicate yet intense, the bottle was finished before Vanessa and I realized it (always a sign that we love a wine!). I’d give it 2-3 more years in the cellar...but it’s pretty hard to resist right now! — 5 days ago
I do like this Polish immigrant’s craft.
The blend of fruits are a broad spectrum of, sour, candied and floral, ruby, mid & dark, red fruits, dark, smooth spice, cinnamon stick, floral heaven & flat out elegance. The blue fruits in Paul’s wines are incredible.
Photos of, two of his Southern California vineyards, Paul Lato at a Matter of Taste during our 40 minute chat & their concrete fermentation eggs. — 7 days ago
The aromatics are of lemon zest, some butter, a touch smokey and flinty and some ripe orchard fruit. Good acidity but dominated slightly by a certain richness and ripeness, a little more then usual and probably due to the warmer vintage. Nice, but not the better Droin bottle I had. 89-90
Des arômes de fruits murs, un peu fumé, touche saline, du zeste de citron et du beurre. Une bouche plus riche et mure qu’à l’habitude, due probablement au millésime plus chaud. Bien mais pas le meilleur Droin GC que j’ai bu. 89-90 au mieux. — 5 days ago
Cloudy raspberry color that’s so intriguing. On the nose it’s crisp pomegranate, raspberry, and cranberry with subtle notes of smoke and dusty herbs. In the mouth the fruit is snappy and pure, with a pretty crushed rock mineral streak. High acid with sneaky tannic grip on the impressively long finish. Delicate, while remaining structured, and beautifully pure. — 14 days ago