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Young Justin Lattanzio left the East Coast in 1996 and seven years later began his career as a cellar rat at the Copain custom crush facility in Santa Rosa. It was here that he developed a passion for Pinot Noir and Syrah. Subsequently, he worked with renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett at the new Revana Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley. He know devotes all of his time to making wine for his namesake Lattanzio Wines at Vinify in Santa Rosa.
A single Pinot Noir from the W.E. Bottoms Vineyard in the Russian River Valley is currently available (2006 release). 230 cases produced. The wine is available from the website and through a mailing list.
2009 Lattanzio Wines Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $35. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Subdued aromas of pleasing dark cherries, dry leaf and oak. Creamy and fullflavored on the palate with a delicious core of perfectly ripened black cherries framed by the slightest hint of oak. Nicely balanced with lively acidity and ripe tannins, finishing with aromatic persistence. Still great the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »