A new cuvee, and about as classy as they come, the 2012 Chardonnay Kokoro is a departure from the single vineyard releases and comes 60% from Sierra Madre, 30% from Hilliard Bruce and 20% from Pisoni. Like all of Paul’s Chardonnays, it was barrel-fermented and then aged 16 months in 60% new French oak. Its light/medium gold color is followed by fabulous aromatics of lemon curd, stone fruits, honey blossom, white flowers and subtle rising bread-like nuances. Showing both incredible purity and building richness, this beauty flows onto the palate with lively, integrated acidity, thrilling purity and a finish that won’t quite. In short, it’s an incredible Chardonnay that will thrill for at least 4-5 years, if not longer. (JD)
The Chardonnay Kokoro is stunning in its beauty. A precise, crystalline wine, the 2012 has it all; expressive aromatics, nuanced fruit and plenty of fine, chiseled minerality. Tangerine peel, slate, apricots, mint and almonds are some of the many notes that resonate on the broad-shouldered, ample finish. Overall, the Kokoro is a wine of volume and depth. Kokoro is a two-barrel blend on the best wines Paul Lato has in the cellar. The 2012 is 60% Le Souvenir, 20% Belle de Jour and 20% East of Eden. (AG)
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