2016 Paul Lato “Le Souvenir” Sierra Madre Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

14.3% alc., $75. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. The nose reveals more charming aromas over time in the glass, offering notes of lemon curd, wet soil, pear, honey, 7-Up, toasty brioche and vanillin. Richly composed and textured, yet sleek, with mid weight plus ripe flavors of pineapple, yellow apple and grapefruit. The fruit really clings to the long finish and the oak skips along in the background. Even more enjoyable when tasted the following day from a previously opened and recorked bottle with uncommon length of finish for Chardonnay. Score: 94. Reviewed June 9, 2018

Winery: Paul Lato
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay