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Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Macgregor Vineyard 2000

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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

Tasting Notes:

The wine-growing gods blessed this cool valley in 2000 with a bountiful and early harvest. What a contrast to 1999, when we were still crushing at Halloween. During the sixteen years we have been making this wine we've noticed that years like 2000 yield big generous flavors and texture. Such is the case here. 2000 is a huge success with a delicious accessibility not often seen at this early stage. The vines, planted in 1975, are approaching that old-vine mystique so more of the site specific "terroir" is emerging. Enticing mint, lemon, and honey suckle flavors are spiced with creamy oak and nuanced with a touch of earthiness. This wine, rich and full across the palate, holds its essential acidity in the background. Hedonistic.

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