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Paul Lato Wines Cinematique Larner Vineyard Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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Sadly, production is limited for these impressive Syrahs fashioned by Paul Lato, a Polish immigrant working out of the Santa Maria coop, who is making quite a name for himself with both Syrah and Pinot Noir. The spectacular 2005 Syrah Larner Vineyard Cinematique is cropped at two tons of fruit per acre, and co-fermented with a tiny amount of Viognier (7%), this 100% destemmed wine exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as stunning aromatics of acacia flowers, creme de cassis, blueberries, graphite, and spice. With fabulous texture, a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood, beautiful opulence, and a long, 40 second finish, this stunning Syrah evidences the brilliance of this young cellar rat, an up-and-coming star in California’s Central Coast.
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Paul Lato Wines, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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"From my experience of tasting the finest wines from around the world, I believe in harmony and elegance. These are the qualities I constantly try to capture in my wines. The ultimate goal is to create wines that are seamless and textural, with the structure and balance to complement fine cuisine.

In order to make wines of the highest caliber, I select unique vineyards that are cared for by talented vineyard managers. During the growing season, yields are restricted to achieve maximum concentration of flavor. Harvest is based on physiological ripeness, which changes depending on the vintage characteristics.

Cellar work is based on minimal intervention, cleanliness and purity of intention. Because every vintage is different, I do not believe in recipes. With due respect to science, I do believe that true artisanal winemaking is based on intuition, sensitivity and passion. Keeping lots small allows gentle handling throughout the winemaking process.

I want my wines to give pleasure and keep your palate interested until the last drop from the bottle - I hope you like them at first sip and love them at the last." ~ Winemaker Paul Lato

Santa Ynez Valley

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Ranging from cool and foggy in the west to warm and dry in the east, the Santa Ynez Valley is a climatically diverse growing area. The most expansive AVA within the larger Santa Barbara County region, Santa Ynez is also home to a wide variety of soil types and geographical features. The appellation is further divided into four distinct sub-AVAs—Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District and Happy Canyon—each with its own defining characteristics.

A wide selection of grapes is planted here—more than sixty different varieties, and counting. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate in the chilly west, while Zinfandel, Rhône blends, and Bordeaux blends rule the arid east. Syrah is successful at both ends of the valley, with a lean and peppery, Old-World sensibility closer to the coast and lush berry fruit further inland.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

LSB209353_2005 Item# 209353