Paul Lato Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Chardonnay 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley|
The wine posses a powerful and exuberant nose of light butterscotch toffee, and grilled toast with nuances of vanilla, new French oak, and lemon curd. It is dry, yet plenty rich in its taste, with medium plus body, voluptuous and round texture, and nuances of minerals. The seamless integration of new French oak provides plenty of structure, and leads into a gracefully dry finish, inviting you to take another sip. One of our favorite dishes to pair is a creamy Lobster risotto in light saffron spice.
From one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, Paul Lato's superb 2016 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard reveals attractive aromas of yellow orchard fruit, citrus zest, peach and honeycomb. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with more textural glossiness than the Belle de Jour, underpinned by bright acids and concluding with an intense, chalky finish. This is quite structurally tight-knit right now and will need a couple of years in the cellar to blossom.