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Mount Eden Estate Bottled Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains 2015

Member Review by Heathen83:

Cherry dominates on nose. Lots of heat on nose and in mouth - not surprising given its 15.0% alcohol percentage. Its balance is surprising, considering its high alcohol.

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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

Member Reviews for Mount Eden Estate Bottled Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains

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Snooth User: Heathen83
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/24/2011

Cherry dominates on nose. Lots of heat on nose and in mouth - not surprising given its 15.0% alcohol percentage. Its balance is surprising, considering its high alcohol.


Snooth User: lbpinot
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/21/2011

Four glasses


4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 06/29/2009

Herbal, cut grass nose. Good, clean cherry flavors, succulent juicy and ripe. Basil and herbs, maybe even a bit of rosemary.


Snooth User: sohc eg6
1565165
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 03/25/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Mount Eden Estate Bottled Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains

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Vintage: 2011 10/24/2013

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Vintage: 2008 09/28/2011

Pinot Noir is the first variety harvested at Mount Eden, an artisanal California winemaker in the business for the pure pleasure of crafting Old World style wines. Fruit on this transparent Pinot is elegant and the new and lightly used french oak do not overpower. It matures 18 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sapid, floral and soft on the palate, the structure of this happily Burgundian wine allows for cellaring... however, most will want to drink it now. Perfect for special occasion dinners featuring duck breast.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

A brilliant Pinot Noir, dry and enormously concentrated in mountain cherries, raspberries, strawberries and sweet oak. Completely delicious now, but with the acidity, minerality and balance to evolve over the next six years, at least.


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Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

Vivid red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, Asian spices and pungent herbs. Juicy, sharply focused red berry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up a suave candied rose quality. A juicy, precise midweight that finishes with noteworthy clarity and spicy persistence. This will age on its balance.


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Vintage: 2008 01/10/2013

There is not much color to the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (light ruby, faded garnet), but the wonderful sweet cherry, currant and spring floral notes of the aromatics are endearing. With silky tannins, medium to full body, and a lot more flavor than the delicate color suggests, this wine is very approachable and probably best drunk over the next 7andndash;8 years, although it might surprise me and last longer.


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Vintage: 2008 02/13/2012

Fragrant, delicate plum and black cherry fruit is pure, focused, complex, elegant and full-bodied. Very Burgundian in its weight and purity. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

There is not much color to the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (light ruby, faded garnet), but the wonderful sweet cherry, currant and spring floral notes of the aromatics are endearing. With silky tannins, medium to full body, and a lot more flavor than the delicate color suggests, this wine is very approachable and probably best drunk over the next 7-8 years, although it might surprise me and last longer.


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