A benchmark for California Chardonnay, Paul Lato has done a fantastic job with the Sierre Madre Vineyard, and 2020 is another outstanding example of this wine. A site established over 30 years ago at the hands of Robert Mondavi, who changed the fate of the vineyard forever; he saw potential in this site with its gentle southern exposure and low-yielding vines, creating a beautiful interplay of citrus and minerality. California's Central Coast is a lovely climate for growing world-class Chardonnay, and we are always excited to offer the Lato wines. Paul Lato is arguably the best winemaker from the Central Coast, consistently meriting huge scores of over 95 points. The Le Souvenir Chardonnay is an absolute blockbuster and is one of the most consistent and exceptionalChardonnays not just from the central coast but from California. All of Paul Lato's wines are small production, usually sold on his mailing list only, but we will have a few cases of this beauty arriving next week, which is along the top examples of Le Souvenir of all time. This is a Chardonnay lovers wine and is another knock-out vintage from Paul Lato that is highly recommended.
Jeb Dunnuck 97 points! "From a great site outside of Santa Maria, the 2020 Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard is another ripe, powerful Chardonnay revealing musky notes of melon, honeyed lemon, toasted bread, and hints of almond paste and chalky minerality. Full-bodied, concentrated, and layered on the palate, it stays remarkably light on its feet, has good acidity, and a great finish that picks up some classic Santa Maria salinity and minerality. It's not for those looking for Chablis, but it’s beautifully done and a gorgeous California Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-6 years. (Drink between 2022 - 2028)"