Paul Lato

"Il Padrino" Bien Nacido Vineyard Syrah

9.263 ratings
9.210 pro ratings
Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Syrah
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Matt Lasater

Drinking great, captures what I often love in Santa Barbara Syrahs; CA sunshine in the fruit, generous without overbearing, balanced acids. Ripe black and blue fruit, almost liqueur-like, sweet spices, licorice whip, roasted coffee. Certainly NW in style but very well made.

Drinking great, captures what I often love in Santa Barbara Syrahs; CA sunshine in the fruit, generous without overbearing, balanced acids. Ripe black and blue fruit, almost liqueur-like, sweet spices, licorice whip, roasted coffee. Certainly NW in style but very well made.

Jun 29th, 2019
Sondra Bernstein

Owner of the girl & the fig, the fig cafe & winebar, Author of Plats du Jours, the girl & the fig's Journey through the Seasons in Wine Country and the girl & the fig Cookbook

9.7

Paul's wines are exquisite and intriguing. One taste makes me want much more.

Paul's wines are exquisite and intriguing. One taste makes me want much more.

May 7th, 2015
Michael Larner

Paul makes some of the best Syrah in the region, but I wish this one gave a little more. Maybe it was the vintage with a little late rain, this wine is very one dimensional - all about oak. Struggled to get much aromatics out of it, black olive, burnt toast, black cherry, and some pepper. Flavor is very rich with vanilla and oak barrel spiced.

Paul makes some of the best Syrah in the region, but I wish this one gave a little more. Maybe it was the vintage with a little late rain, this wine is very one dimensional - all about oak. Struggled to get much aromatics out of it, black olive, burnt toast, black cherry, and some pepper. Flavor is very rich with vanilla and oak barrel spiced.

Dec 16th, 2014
Clarissa Nagy

It's been a Syrah kind of evening- finally cool enough ;)

It's been a Syrah kind of evening- finally cool enough ;)

Aug 14th, 2014
Jeff Ames

Owner/Winemaker Rudius Wines

8.7

Not what I expected but good.

Not what I expected but good.

Aug 10th, 2013
Jim McCusker

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!

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!

Oct 25th, 2020
Roman Ochocki

OMG. So good! Rich and complex. Maybe too complex for my palate. Dark fruit: a plum, a blackberry. And a chocolate, a vanilla. Lots of sweet notes. It's my first syrah from California. And this is something...

OMG. So good! Rich and complex. Maybe too complex for my palate. Dark fruit: a plum, a blackberry. And a chocolate, a vanilla. Lots of sweet notes. It's my first syrah from California. And this is something...

Sep 20th, 2020
Nik Weinberg-Lynn

Bright fresh nose. Wonderful flavors of candied plum, vanilla and baking spices! Quite the treat!

Bright fresh nose. Wonderful flavors of candied plum, vanilla and baking spices! Quite the treat!

Dec 14th, 2019
George Cyriac

Excellent Syrah. Classically styled.

Excellent Syrah. Classically styled.

Mar 10th, 2019
R David Fuhrman

2008

Nov 3rd, 2018