Paul Lato Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte 2014
2016 - 2024
From a top site in the Santa Maria Valley that's just to the southwest of Bien Nacido, the 2014 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte comes mostly from clone 115, but has 25% each from 667 and 777. Aged 15 months in 75% new French oak, it's another lighter colored beauty that offers upfront, fresh and fruit-driven notes of strawberries, framboise, violets and spring flowers. Elegant, layered, pure and with good acidity and fine tannin, it's already hard to resist, yet should evolve nicely on its balance.
This estate is one of the true gems in the Central Coast and Paul Lato continues to eschew the ridiculous trend towards harvesting early and making lean, anemic wines. These latest releases shine for their purity, finesse and elegance, just as much as for their texture and beautiful California fruit. Don't miss them!