Paul Lato Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

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Vintage: 2020
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Crafted by the skilled hands of winemaker Paul Lato, the Paul Lato Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020 is a testament to his artistry and passion. This wine, bearing the touch of a consulting winemaker as well, is a symphony of flavors and aromas that captivate the senses.

In the glass, it pours a brilliant ruby red, hinting at the sensory journey to come. The nose is greeted by an exquisite bouquet of bing cherry, delicate rose petals, and a subtle trace of lavender. Each inhalation is an invitation to explore further.

On the palate, the wine unfolds gracefully. The core of red fruit flavors takes center stage, accompanied by a refreshing acidity that lends vibrancy to every sip. The texture is velvety, adding depth and complexity to the wine’s character. As the journey culminates, a delicate hint of spice emerges, lingering on the finish.

Balanced and mid-bodied, this Pinot Noir embodies the art of subtlety. The tannins, gentle yet persistent, hint at the wine’s aging potential, promising a graceful evolution with time.

Jeb Dunnuck, an esteemed independent wine critic known for his expertise in Southern France, Bordeaux, California, and Washington wines, has recognized the Paul Lato Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020 with an exceptional score of 96 points. This accolade speaks to the wine’s remarkable quality and its ability to stand out among the finest.

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Critical Acclaim

JD 96
Jeb Dunnuck
An independent wine critic, the core editorial focus of is to cover wines from Southern France, Bordeaux, California and Washington.

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Other Vintages:

  • WA 95
  • JD 95
2019 - No Critical Acclaim added yet
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Winemaker of Paul Lato Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Paul Lato

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