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Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Macgregor Vineyard 1986

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1986 was quite a year for the MacGregor Vineyard in Edna Valley. From the first sniff one encounters a panoply of citrine and tropical fruit aromas with an intriguing complexity of orange blossom and mint. Full and long on the palate, the flavors provide what the aromas promise, with a refreshing verve and finesse. The strong juicy core of fruit, in combination with the firm natural acidity, suggests development in the bottle for three to five years. This M. E. V. is a special wine. One that competes well with the Estate Chardonnay for attention.

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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

1986 was quite a year for the MacGregor Vineyard in Edna Valley. From the first sniff one encounters a panoply of citrine and tropical fruit aromas with an intriguing complexity of orange blossom and mint. Full and long on the palate, the flavors provide what the aromas promise, with a refreshing verve and finesse. The strong juicy core of fruit, in combination with the firm natural acidity, suggests development in the bottle for three to five years. This M. E. V. is a special wine. One that competes well with the Estate Chardonnay for attention.

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