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2015 Paul Lato The Contender Drum Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir

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95+ Vinous / IWC

...fabulous. Dark, mysterious and brooding in feel, and yet also wonderfully translucent...

94The Wine Advocate

...scents of black raspberries and black cherries with dark chocolate, sautéed herbs and fungi in the background plus a hint of damp soil...medium-bodied palate fills the mouth with gregarious black cherries and earthy layers, supported by grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long with an herbal lift.

94Jeb Dunnuck

...slightly more plump, rounded style. Framboise, flowers, strawberries and spice give way to a medium to full-bodied, seamless, beautifully textured Pinot Noir that has no hard edges and a terrific finish.

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.