This is the Ninth release of the “East of Eden” Chardonnay from the famed Pisoni Vineyard. Only a few barrels were produced, and I was lucky to get a few cases from Paul as they were all earmarked for his mailing list and for restaurants like French Laundry, Per Se, Gary Danko, etc. This is probably the best rendition of a 1er Cru Montrachet produced in California. As you are aware of Paul’s meticulous wine-making skills and strategy, nothing escapes this guru of precision!
I’d say that this wine is very similar to the great 2018 vintage, which received 98 Points!
Paul Lato Notes: “Complex, beautiful, refined, perfumed. We can’t say enough about this world-class Chardonnay. Vibrant flavors harmonize seamlessly with floral notes of linden and jasmine, fruit aromas of lemon drop and apricot, held together by crushed stone minerality. An abundance of flavor condensed into a refined, yet powerful package, this wine will inspire you from beginning to end.”
Jeb Dunnuck 98 Points : “As usual, the 2019 Chardonnay East of Eden Pisoni Vineyard is more reserved and tight yet builds slowly with time in the glass. Crushed citrus, honeysuckle, flower oil, and honeyed minerality all emerge with air, and this beauty is medium to full-bodied, perfectly balanced, and has a liquid rock-like sense of minerality on the palate. Just beautiful on all accounts, it has integrated acidity, flawless balance, and a great finish. It’s an incredible Chardonnay from the genius of Paul Lato that will keep for at least 7-8 years, if not a decade.”