2012 Paul Lato "Pisoni Vineyard - East of Eden" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1322966 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chardonnay East of Eden Pisoni Vineyard is a supple, yet fresh and lively effort that has pretty citrus blossom, white flowers, flinty minerality and hints of almond paste that flow nicely to a pure, clean and lively palate feel. While normally the Pisoni Vineyard is all about power and richness, this is a decidedly supple, pure and elegant effort that has clean acidity and a focused, well-defined finish. Plan on drinking this over the coming 3-4 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

93 points Vinous

 Light gold. Fresh melon, tangerine and Meyer lemon scents are deepened by suggestions of honey and sweet butter. Fleshy and broad yet precise, offering intense honeydew and candied citrus fruit flavors and a touch of smoky lees. Closes smooth, spicy and very long, with excellent clarity and building spiciness. The blend of power and vivacity here is really impressive. (JR)  (12/2014)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Lucia Highlands