2015 Peake Ranch Chardonnay (750ml)

Chardonnay from Santa Maria, California

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Paul Lato has been turning out wines of "authenticity, harmony, and elegance" from his eponymous winery in Santa Barbara for decades. His first mark on the wine world came while working in Toronto. One of the top Sommeliers in town, Paul's services were in high demand. Paul's first visit to California in the early 1990s introduced him to Jim Clendenen. Jim offered Paul an internship and began introducing the soon-to-be-famous winemaker to the top growers in the region. By 2004, Paul settled in Santa Maria, his first winemaking gig at Bien Nacido, living in the bunkhouse. But each day brought another opportunity. Meeting the greatest growers in the region, Lato learned from the most passionate producers in the state. His star ascended quickly; when he launched Paul Lato Wines, it was an overnight success. So when John and Gillian Wagner launch their dream winery – Peake Ranch – a couple years ago in Santa Barbara, their choice in winemaker was easy. No one knows this region, is as closely tied to its top sites, as Paul Lato. Together, they are producing wines which will take your breath away. As Jeb Dunnuck says, you wouldn't expect anything less with Lato in the cellars.


The first vintage for this cuvée it was created with the idea to improve the quality of the single vineyard. The 2015 Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley is a stunning value that offers classic buttered stone fruits, toasted nuts and honeysuckle in a rich, texture, balanced style. It way over delivers at the price and is a terrific wine. It’s one of the larger production releases as well (536 cases), so hopefully you can find a few bottles.

94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug 2017)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%
7 bottles in stock. Ships in 1 to 2 business days.

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