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Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Saratoga Cuvée 2006

Member Review by Philip James:

Rich, spicy nose of menthol and eucalyptus. Rich plum flavors with top notes of bright blueberry. Very Nice.

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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 Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Saratoga Cuvée

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 05/06/2010

Rich, spicy nose of menthol and eucalyptus. Rich plum flavors with top notes of bright blueberry. Very Nice.


Snooth User: judgelog
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/22/2008

Big ripe fruit and massive tannins. Very aromatic, with smokey oak and a nice finish. I really liked this Cab a bunch, and it paired great with a blue-cheese stuffed grilled fillet where a fruit bomb wouldn't have. Great value at $15.


External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Saratoga Cuvée

External Review
Vintage: 2008 03/05/2012

Clean, pure and refreshing, with lively citrus, green apple, floral and spice notes that are full-bodied and a touch pithy. Well-balanced and complex on the finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/10/2013

The Mount Eden 2008 Chardonnay Saratoga Cuvee flows from the glass with layers of juicy, varietal fruit. A sweet harmonious finish rounds things out in style. The Saratoga Cuvee is made from the estateandrsquo;s more forward wines in barrel and is meant to be approachable early. It is a gorgeous, reasonably priced wine from Mount Eden. Anticipated maturity: 2011andndash;2014.


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Vintage: 2008 04/18/2013

The Mount Eden 2008 Chardonnay Saratoga Cuvee flows from the glass with layers of juicy, varietal fruit. A sweet harmonious finish rounds things out in style. The Saratoga Cuvee is made from the estate’s more forward wines in barrel and is meant to be approachable early. It is a gorgeous, reasonably priced wine from Mount Eden. Anticipated maturity: 2011–2014.


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Vintage: 2004 03/09/2009

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque ruby purple hue followed by pure, unevolved, black currant, raspberry, crushed rock, and spring flower-like notes. Very primary, it tastes more like a barrel sample than a finished wine, but it possesses enormous potential because of its combination of elegance, structure, and intensity. It should be forgotten for 7-8 years, and drunk over the following three decades.



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