Paul Lato - Space Cadet 2020 (750ml)

 
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Price: $115.00

Sale Price: $92.00

Producer Paul Lato
Country USA
Region California
Subregion Santa Barbara
Varietal Grenache/syrah
Vintage 2020
Sku 1705728
Size 750ml

Vinous: 97 Points

The 2020 Space Cadet is the star in this range from Paul Lato. Silky and aromatic the 2020 is hauntingly beautiful from the get-go. Inky red/purplish fruit sage cedar tobacco incense and dried flowers are some of the many notes that race across the palate. All the elements are so well balanced. Space Cadet is mostly Syrah and some Grenache but the Grenache really seems to drive the profile today. - By Antonio Galloni on June 2022 This is a fascinating range of new releases from Paul Lato. The lineup continues to grow and that provides quite a bit of insight as to the strengths and weaknesses of the 2020 vintage. The Syrahs are especially of note as are the Santa Barbara Pinots and Chardonnays all of which have a bit more density than normal. The 2020 Space Cadet Lato?s Syrah/Grenache blend. is outrageously beautiful. I am less enthusiastic about the Chardonnay and Pinot from Hyde in Carneros where conditions were much less favorable. I am also not a huge fan of the blended Kokoro series Chardonnay and Pinot. There is a rationale for blending sites in appellation wines because different sites can be complementary but I am not sure it works with top selections and that is not a criticism of just these wines it is my view of most wines in this category. Readers will note the introduction of two new Napa Valley Cabernets in 2019. Finding high quality but affordable fruit in Napa Valley is much harder than it is in Santa Barbara so it will be interesting to see the direction these wines take. As always the house style is defined by forward fruit a pretty healthy use of new French oak and textural intensity all of which result in wines that are on the more extroverted opulent side of the spectru

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