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Paul Lato Space Cadet Syrah/Grenache 2018

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Jeb Dunnuck
Lastly, the 2018 Space Cadet checks in as an 80/20 split of Syrah and Grenache (I think there’s a splash of Viognier in the blend) that spent 22 months in 57% new French oak. Stunning black raspberries, charred meats, blueberries, spice, toast, and hints of chocolate all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied and has a plush, sexy texture, sweet tannins, and a great finish. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2018 Space Cadet is a Rhône-styled blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. It has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and a nose of crushed blackcurrants and boysenberry with pure notes of violet, coffee beans and aniseed. Medium to full-bodied, it's super juicy and fully fruited with a firm tannic structure and long finish. Give it another 2-3 years in bottle.

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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.

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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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