2016 Paul Lato “The Contender” Drum Canyon Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $75. · Dark garnet color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of plum, blackberry jam, mushroom, floral bouquet and a hint of oak. A stunning wine from the get-go with mid weight plus flavors of black fruits with accents of spice, licorice and a subtle oak shadow. Remarkable explosiveness on the mid palate. Silken in texture with a cordial balance, finishing really long and fruited. So tasty you can’t turn away. Score: 95. Reviewed June 9, 2018

Winery: Paul Lato
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay