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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 one of California’s most climatically diverse growing areas. 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. To avoid an identity crisis, 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.

As one might expect from such a vast and varied region, 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 aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

LSB209353_2005 Item# 209353