2013 Paul Lato “The Contender” Drum Canyon Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $75. Inaugural vintage for this source. Unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of dark berries and pomegranate juice with a hint of rose petal and pork cracklings. Noticeably intense on the attack but polished on the palate offering mid weight flavors of cherry and raspberry with a hint of oak vanillin in the background. Impressive length and power on a glorious finish that urges another sip. Score: 93. Reviewed May 14, 2015

Winery: Paul Lato
From article: Recent Sips of California Pinot Noir