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Paul Lato Festina Lente Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

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Vintage: 2019
  • MEL 96
  • WA 98
  • JD 94
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Introducing the extraordinary Paul Lato Festina Lente Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, a masterpiece by the acclaimed winemaker Paul Lato. This inaugural vintage is a testament to Lato’s dedication to excellence, reflected in every nuance of this meticulously crafted wine. With a medium ruby-purple hue, the wine hints at its vibrant and youthful character, a prelude to the sensory journey that awaits.

On the nose, Festina Lente slowly unfolds, revealing vibrant and pure aromas of red cherry, dried sage, violets, and freshly tilled earth. The bouquet is a captivating blend of red and black currants, enriched by intriguing notes of Chinese five spice, cigar box, and incense, adding depth and complexity to the aromatic profile.

The palate is an enchanting experience, a medium to full-bodied symphony of intense flavors. Serious black fruits take center stage, with a focus on red and black currants that unfold in impeccably layered richness. Powdery tannins contribute a refined structure, enhancing the wine’s overall elegance. The subdued sweetness allows the fruit and spice notes to shine, while a symphony of mouthwatering acidity dances across the tongue, offering a lively and refreshing sensation. The finish is long and lingering, with alluring spicy accents that add a captivating touch to this remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon.

Critics have showered the Festina Lente Cabernet Sauvignon with well-deserved acclaim. Mel’s Notes awards it an impressive 96 points, praising its vibrant aromas and layered flavors. Jeb Dunnuck, with 94 points, highlights the wine’s beautiful nose of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, and tobacco. The Wine Advocate, with an outstanding score of 98 points, describes it as a stunning Cabernet with intense, layered flavors and a seamless texture that will continue to evolve gracefully in the bottle.

Crafted with precision and passion, only 127 cases of the Paul Lato Festina Lente Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 were produced. This limited quantity speaks to the wine’s exclusivity, making it a true treasure for enthusiasts. With its impeccable balance and promise of a graceful evolution over the years, this wine is not just a momentary indulgence but a long-lasting experience to be savored now and for years to come.

In conclusion, the Paul Lato Festina Lente Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a masterfully crafted wine that captures the essence of the grape variety and the winemaker’s dedication. Its impressive accolades are well-deserved, and with its impeccable balance, this wine promises a graceful evolution over the years. A true treasure for enthusiasts, scoring a remarkable 96 points.

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2 reviews for Paul Lato Festina Lente Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

  1. WA

    The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Festina Lente—the first vintage ever of Cabernet from Paul Lato—was matured for 19 months in 68% new French oak. Medium ruby-purple, its aromas blossom slowly with red and black currants accented by Chinese five spice, cigar box and incense. Medium to full-bodied, the palate boasts intense, layered flavors, powdery tannins, fireworks of mouthwatering acidity and alluring spicy accents fanning across the long finish. It’s a stunning Cabernet that has more to give as it unwinds in bottle. 127 cases were made.

  2. JD

    The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is all varietal and was brought up in 70% new French oak. It’s a deeper, richer wine and offers a beautiful nose of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, and tobacco. Full-bodied, rich, and textured on the palate, it brings a great mid-palate, focused, classic mountain tannins, and a seamless texture. It’s a beautiful mountain Cabernet made with a Pinot Noir-like sense of elegance and prettiness, which may seem slightly strange, yet it works beautifully in this case.

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Critical Acclaim

MEL 96

Mel's Notes

Color: A medium ruby-purple hue, hinting at the wine's vibrant and youthful character.

Nose: Vibrant and pure aromas of red cherry, dried sage, violets, and freshly tilled earth create an enticing bouquet.Unfolds gradually, revealing layers of red and black currants.Intriguing notes of Chinese five spice, cigar box, and incense add depth and complexity.

Palate:

  • Flavor Profile: Impeccably layered flavors of serious black fruits, with a focus on red and black currants.
  • Body of the Wine: Medium to full-bodied, showcasing a burst of intensity on the palate. li>
  • Tannin Structure: Powdery tannins provide a refined structure, contributing to the wine's overall elegance.
  • Sweetness Levels: Subdued sweetness, allowing the fruit and spice notes to shine.
  • Acidity Levels: A symphony of mouthwatering acidity dances across the tongue, offering a lively and refreshing sensation.
  • Long and lingering finish, with alluring spicy accents that add a captivating touch.

Food Pairings:

Given the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety and the wine's profile, pair it with:
  • Grilled ribeye steak with a peppercorn crust to complement the wine's intense flavors.
  • Braised lamb shanks with rosemary for a harmonious pairing with the wine's layered complexity.
  • A rich and savory mushroom risotto, as the earthy notes will resonate with the wine's nuances.
The Paul Lato Festina Lente Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is a masterfully crafted wine that captures the essence of the grape variety and the winemaker's dedication. Its impressive accolades are well-deserved, and with its impeccable balance, this wine promises a graceful evolution over the years. A true treasure for enthusiasts, scoring a remarkable 96 points.
WA 98

Wine Advocate

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Festina Lente—the first vintage ever of Cabernet from Paul Lato—was matured for 19 months in 68% new French oak. Medium ruby-purple, its aromas blossom slowly with red and black currants accented by Chinese five spice, cigar box and incense. Medium to full-bodied, the palate boasts intense, layered flavors, powdery tannins, fireworks of mouthwatering acidity and alluring spicy accents fanning across the long finish. It's a stunning Cabernet that has more to give as it unwinds in bottle. 127 cases were made.
JD 94

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is all varietal and was brought up in 70% new French oak. It’s a deeper, richer wine and offers a beautiful nose of blackcurrants, scorched earth, graphite, and tobacco. Full-bodied, rich, and textured on the palate, it brings a great mid-palate, focused, classic mountain tannins, and a seamless texture. It’s a beautiful mountain Cabernet made with a Pinot Noir-like sense of elegance and prettiness, which may seem slightly strange, yet it works beautifully in this case.

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