Valley Discount Wine and Liquor USD 74.99 750ml
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Mount Eden Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2007

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This is a new wine for us, inspired by a trip I took to Burgundy in 2008. Many producers of the great White Burgundies make their Chardonnay's with a secondary aging on the yeast sediments. Following their lead I started by selecting specific lots of our Estate Chardonnay and combing all of the wine and lees into a small tank for this secondary aging. The mystical part is that over the ten months in tank the sediments disappear--just like in Champagne, the lees become the wine. As with our regular Estate Bottled Chardonnay this wine is profound. Aging slowly in the bottle (always a good sign) this wine has taken on extra dimension. The aromas and flavors which dominate the 2007 are enlivened by an extra dimension of viscosity from the lees. A fascinating study in how winemaking styles can influence our terrior-driven wine.

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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

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This is a new wine for us, inspired by a trip I took to Burgundy in 2008. Many producers of the great White Burgundies make their Chardonnay's with a secondary aging on the yeast sediments. Following their lead I started by selecting specific lots of our Estate Chardonnay and combing all of the wine and lees into a small tank for this secondary aging. The mystical part is that over the ten months in tank the sediments disappear--just like in Champagne, the lees become the wine. As with our regular Estate Bottled Chardonnay this wine is profound. Aging slowly in the bottle (always a good sign) this wine has taken on extra dimension. The aromas and flavors which dominate the 2007 are enlivened by an extra dimension of viscosity from the lees. A fascinating study in how winemaking styles can influence our terrior-driven wine.

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258 produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 12 months in French Oak.

Aged 12 months in Steel.


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