Paul Lato Le Jardin Secret Grimm's Bluff Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara|
This wine comes from a biodynamic vineyard at 1,000 feet in elevation. Aged for eight months in 50% concrete eggs, 17% neutral oak and 33% stainless steel, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Le Jardin Secret Grimm's Bluff Vineyard has a perfumed nose of passion fruit, kiwi tart, tarragon and stone with with notes of fresh pineapple slices, white blossoms and white peach. Light to medium-bodied, it offers wonderfully concentrated fruits in the mouth with a pleasantly rounded texture, great juicy acidity and a long, energetic finish. This shows wonderful fruit purity, great texture and a great vein of minerality.
Lato's 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Le Jardin Secret comes all from a site in the warmer Happy Canyon region of Santa Barbara and was brought up in 50% concrete tanks, 33% neutral barrels, and the rest in stainless steel. It offers terrific notes of tart pineapple, lemon butter, white flowers, and spice citrus. These give way to a medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, textured white that has both richness and freshness. I'd drink bottles over the coming 2-3 years, but I suspect this will keep for over a decade.
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Le Jardin Secret is one of the most distinctive Sauvignon Blancs being made in Santa Barbara today. Varietally expressive, with tons of citrus, mint and grassy character, the 2018 also has terrific textural depth to balance things out. This is such a gorgeous wine.