Paul Lato 2015 Chardonnay “Souvenir”
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This is a more than worthy follow-up to the 2012,13 & 14 bottlings which received 96-97 Point ratings from Robert Parker! This wine might be Paul’s boldest production, yet another gem in my book. It is by far Paul’s smallest bottling, only 4 barrels produced. The 2014 is a carbon copy of the 2011 that received rave reviews from my clients and critics alike! I’d be shocked not to see similar scores, or higher!
Paul Lato Notes: “23-year-old Wente clone vines contribute to the classic, precise nature of this naturally-pleasing Chardonnay. Golden straw-colored in the glass, notes of clover honey and roasted plantain notes emerge from the nose with great clarity. The mouthfeel is electric and buoyant, with wet limestone minerality and a stunning swell of lemon-like acidity that enlivens the palate.”
Robert Parker 2014 review 96 Points: “Made all from the Wente clone, the 2014 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard saw more new oak than most of the releases and spent 14 months in 70% new barrels. Paul has a two-acre parcel in this site, which is located in the Santa Maria Valley, and he first started working with fruit from this site in 2007. This 2014 is medium-bodied, ultra-fine and utterly seamless on the palate, with textbook notes of buttered apples, stone fruits, white flowers and hints of minerality. Every speck of new oak has been completely absorbed by this sensational Chardonnay, and it should drink gorgeously for 5-7 years. I don't have any experience with aged examples of this cuvee, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it keep for longer either.”
FUTURE RELEASE - ARRIVES EARLY APRIL 2017
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