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Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Looking back on 2009 we were blessed with a more rain than the previous two years. We dry farm and rely on rainfall exclusively to provide enough water for our vineyard. A deep winter freeze set up the vines for their much needed dormant period and the colder it is, the deeper they sleep. Harvest time was normal (for a change) with September’s warmth driving the fruit to ripen. The all-important acidities remained high, allowing us to make our signature old-world style. The blend this year was 60% from Mount Eden’s estate vines and 40% from Domaine Eden. The grapes were picked by hand and crushed within three hours of harvest, barrel-fermented in Burgundy barrels and aged on the lees for ten months. This wine is icy clean, vibrant and mineral in style with flavors of citrus zest, quince and spring flowers. For lovers of precision and delicacy in the expression of Chardonnay, this is it. It should age beautifully for 7-10 years.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Mount Eden Vineyards:
The genesis of Mount Eden Vineyards was the arrival of Burgundian winemaker Paul Masson to San Jose, California, in 1878. Masson soon established a vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Mount Eden, where he became a well know bon vivant. Martin Ray, who grew up in the foothills below Mount Eden, became acquainted with the charismatic Frenchman and, shortly after Prohibition... Read more
The genesis of Mount Eden Vineyards was the arrival of Burgundian winemaker Paul Masson to San Jose, California, in 1878. Masson soon established a vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Mount Eden, where he became a well know bon vivant. Martin Ray, who grew up in the foothills below Mount Eden, became acquainted with the charismatic Frenchman and, shortly after Prohibition's repeal, purchased Paul Masson's Champagne Company. Notoriety came quickly. At a time when most California wines were blended from various, often inferior, grape varieties, noble grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were virtually unknown. The mercurial Ray began producing 100% varietal table wines, boasting that California could vinify world class wines to rival those of France. In the 1930s, it seemed a ridiculous, foolhardy claim. Wanting to establish his own brand, Ray sold the Paul Masson property in 1943 and, that following year purchased a higher peak to the north, Mount Eden. In 1945 he planted his first vineyard there. The varieties were Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (Cabernet Sauvignon was added in the 1950's), and the mountain became his home. Ray named his wine domain simply "Martin Ray." Read less

Looking back on 2009 we were blessed with a more rain than the previous two years. We dry farm and rely on rainfall exclusively to provide enough water for our vineyard. A deep winter freeze set up the vines for their much needed dormant period and the colder it is, the deeper they sleep. Harvest time was normal (for a change) with September’s warmth driving the fruit to ripen. The all-important acidities remained high, allowing us to make our signature old-world style. The blend this year was 60% from Mount Eden’s estate vines and 40% from Domaine Eden. The grapes were picked by hand and crushed within three hours of harvest, barrel-fermented in Burgundy barrels and aged on the lees for ten months. This wine is icy clean, vibrant and mineral in style with flavors of citrus zest, quince and spring flowers. For lovers of precision and delicacy in the expression of Chardonnay, this is it. It should age beautifully for 7-10 years.

2909 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 11 months in French Oak.

Notes: 50% New

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.39

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