99pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 East of Eden Pisoni Vineyard comes from a site on the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands, which is slightly more granitic soils, and was raised in 66% new French oak. This cuvée always has a beautiful, crystalline profile and the 2018 is no exception, offering a heavenly array of white peach, caramelized nectarines, flower oil, honeysuckle, and toasted bread. Deep, rich, full-bodied, and straight-up stacked on the palate, this stunning effort ranks with the finest Chardonnay coming out of California today. It’s not for the Chablis-only crowd out there but is magical juice that will evolve nicely for at least 5-7+ years.
Powerful yet controlled nose, with aromas of flint, lily, and Crème Brulee, California meets Burgundy. The body is long and powerful with marine-influenced salinity and a fresh boisterous finish. This wine has a larger-than-life personality, much like the man growing the grapes, Gary Pisoni. This wine will pair well with lighter dishes of seafood or chicken, but also has the potential to complement a steak.
This is the Eight 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!