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Paul Lato Ora de Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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The Paul Lato Ora de Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2018 is an extraordinary showcase of the renowned Santa Maria Valley terroir, expertly crafted by the esteemed winemaker Paul Lato. This lato wine, sourced from the historic Bien Nacido Vineyard, is a testament to the unique Estrella clone of Syrah that flourishes in the sun-kissed slopes of the region, reflecting the essence of paul lato grenache.

This Grenache radiates a captivating pale ruby-purple hue, inviting the taster into its complex world. Initially reserved, it gradually unfurls to reveal a rich bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, and oolong tea leaves. Subtle notes of mushrooms and forest floor add captivating depth to its aroma, a characteristic allure of paul lato wines.

On the palate, the Paul Lato Ora de Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2018 presents a medium-bodied yet exquisite interplay of concentrated fruit, earthy undertones, and a hint of spice. The silky tannins and vibrant acidity are harmoniously balanced, leading to a long, spice-tinged finish. This balance is a signature of paul lato grenache, showcasing the winemaker’s ability to blend complexity with elegance.

Destemmed and aged for 22 months in 30% new barrels, Ora de Labora exemplifies the direct and intentional winemaking style of Paul Lato. The unique climatic conditions of the Santa Maria Valley’”warm days tempered by ocean breezes’”contribute significantly to the wine’s intricate flavor profile. This process imbues the Grenache with a distinctive character, a hallmark of lato wine.

Critical acclaim for this vintage has been exceptional, with Wine Advocate and Jeb Dunnuck both awarding it 95 points. Wine Advocate praises its evolving aromatics and captivating palate, highlighting the slow revelation of flavors, firm tannins, and zesty acidity. Jeb Dunnuck celebrates its juicy character, textured mouthfeel, and velvety tannins, all of which contribute to its outstanding quality.

The Paul Lato Ora de Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2018 stands as a magnificent representation of both the vineyard’s legacy and the winemaker’s artistry. It offers a harmonious symphony of flavors and aromas, capturing the quintessence of Santa Maria Valley’s terroir and the unwavering dedication of Paul Lato. This lato wine is not just a beverage; it is an experience, inviting wine enthusiasts to savor each sip and appreciate the meticulous care and passion that goes into creating a paul lato grenache of such caliber. Whether enjoyed now or aged to further develop its complexities, this Grenache is a testament to the artistry and commitment that define Paul Lato’s approach to winemaking.

14 reviews for Paul Lato Ora de Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2018

  1. Russell Laurence

    PNP: Dark cherry and herb flavors with medium tannins and nice brightness. Resembles a younger Old World pinot.

  2. Robert Tays

    Delicious wine with baked red fruit and herb aroma. Concentrated ripe red fruit, garrigue, and spices on the palate. Decent structure and balance. Young, lush, and delicious, can age further.

  3. Martin Riccio

    Pure expression of sweet Grenache fruit, a joy to drink. Some found it too sweet and new-world forward. Few charms, touches of spice and brush. Lucky to have bought it in the upper-$40s. Decent QPR at best.

  4. Robert Pridgeon

    Sweet and fruity with notes of strawberry and raspberry.

  5. Jason Windham


  6. Joyce Martin

    Improved with air, recommended after decanting.

  7. John Fullerton

    Unique Grenache with dark fruit, fertile soil, and garrigue. Intellectual nose, good depth, and texture. Balanced oak, alcohol, and fruit. Delicious and complex, with a good juice and a two-hour decant.

  8. Mark Guidry

    Possible revised review: “Quiet nose, green herbs. Intense palate, fine tannin. Not my favorite now, but potential to improve with age.” (23 words)

  9. Angie Tito

    Silky texture, red fruit and Mediterranean spice. Pleasing aroma. Good wine, won’t improve.

  10. Wesley Richardson

    Elegant and warm with dark red fruit, garrigue, wild herbs, and light pepper. Wonderful depth and texture. Good juice.

  11. Robert Collier

    Creamy raspberry liquor and black pepper on the nose. Nice acidity and creamy texture on the palate with a great finish. Delicious!

  12. David Benson

    Fruity raspberry and grapefruit notes with a spicy clove undertone and a hint of iron.

  13. Michael Woon

    Paul Lato’s Grenache is an elegant and graceful wine with beautiful aromas and intricate flavors of sandalwood, red cherry, and floral elements. Its incredible mouthfeel drives to a lasting finish. A great wine and a wonderful expression of the varietal.

  14. Brian Sousa

    Day 1: Closed off with dominant tannins. Day 2: Beautiful red fruit with a good lick of acidity, really nice!

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What are the characteristics of Paul Lato Grenache wine?

Paul Lato Grenache is characterized by its vibrant fruit flavors, typically showcasing ripe red berries and subtle spice notes. It exhibits a medium body with silky tannins and a smooth texture, often marked by a balanced acidity. Aromatic and elegant, it reflects the meticulous craftsmanship of Paul Lato wines

Which of the following is a characteristic of Grenache wines?

Grenache wines are known for being medium- to full-bodied with a bright color. They are rich in aromas, featuring orange rind, raspberry, plum, and tobacco notes. Typically, a Grenache wine offers balanced tannins and medium acidity, accompanied by lush berry flavors, contributing to its popularity and appeal.

What pairs well with Garnacha?

Grenache pairs exceptionally well with a variety of dishes, particularly excelling with roasted meats, lamb, quality beef, steaks, and a range of stews and casseroles, including game and rich fish stews. For a cheese course ending the meal, opt for lighter, less tannic reds or fruity, fortified wines in either white or red, all of which will complement the flavors delightfully.

Critical Acclaim

WA 95
Wine Advocate
Pale ruby-purple, it's shy to begin, unfolding to blackberry and raspberry, oolong tea leaves, mushrooms and forest floor—there's a very pretty broodiness to this vintage. The medium-bodied palate offers concentrated, slowly blossoming fruit and earth accents. It has firm, dusty tannins, fireworks of fresh acidity and a very long, spicy finish.
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
All destemmed Grenache aged 22 months in 30% new barrels, the 2018 Ora et Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard offers up a juicy bouquet of Bing cherries, black raspberries, sappy herbs, licorice, and ground pepper. Nicely textured, medium to full-bodied, and silky on the palate, with great tannins.

What does Paul Lato Ora de Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2018 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, balsamic, flint

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, cedar

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, cinnamon, white pepper

Citrus notes found in the wine


Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, rose petal

Food Pairing with Paul Lato Ora de Labora Bien Nacido Vineyard Grenache 2018

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