Exquisite! Mesmerizing! Transparent aromas and flavors! Extremely layered and complex! “Blossoming!”. Delicate and refined elegance! Very special indeed! Well worth the price tag!
Paul Lato escaped Poland. After a brief stay in Spain, he transplanted to Toronto, Canada where he became a highly decorated sommelier in one of the city’s best restaurants. In 1996 he visited California at the invitation of Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat. There the seeds were planted for Paul to dedicate himself to winemaking. The story goes that Paul was discovered by Robert Parker even before he had decided what to name his winery. Moving forward, today Paul Lato’s wines are in great demand, but most of his 2,000 case production (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Syrah) only find their way to mailing list customers.
“The Drum Canyon comes from 14-year-old vines planted in sandy loam, with the wine aged for 15 months in 60% new French oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2017 Pinot Noir C’est la Vie Drum Canyon has a youthfully coiled nose slowly unfurling to fresh sage, rose petal, lilac, orange peel, autumn leaves, dust, perfumed earth and black tea leaves with a core of raspberry preserves, black cherries and berries, blueberries and charcuterie hints—this is so perfumed! It’s medium-bodied with slowly blossoming fruit, earth and spice flavor layers, with firm but elegant, wonderfully pixelated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and packed full of perfume and spice. Wow! So elegant. So refined. 150 cases were made.” – 97 points, Wine Advocate