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2016 Paul Lato 'Letters to Europe', Santa Barbara County, USA

$99.99 USD $109.99 USD

"This is my little twist on Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Paul Lato tells me. It's a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah from Bien Nacido and Larner vineyards. Aged for 24 months in 45% new French oak, the 2016 Grenache/Syrah Letters to Europe has a medium to deep ruby-purple color and a dense, intense nose with scents of kirsch, blueberry coulis, cassis, warm chocolate, toasted coconut and red cherry sparks with accents of liquid licorice, grilled meats and dried roses. Full-bodied, dense and packed with luscious fruits and spices, it has very firm but very ripe, granulated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and hedonistic. This is only made in the best years, and this is its second edition. 140 cases of the 2016 vintage will be released this fall."

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 96 Points