Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard 2009

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Every year, every wine, has a story to tell and the tale of the 2009; extremely low yields from the Wolff Vineyard. We purchased the majority of the vineyard and the combination of vine age (30 plus years) and a three year drought gave us just over one ton per acre. Not so good for the grower; yet incredible concentration, tension and terrior-driven minerality in the fruit. True to form, aromas of grapefruit and guava, with oak and earth in the background and mouthwatering acidity is the first impression on the palate. Restrained flavors of pineapple, pear and honeysuckle are persistent with moderate richness. This is what Josh Reynolds of the International Wine Cellar has to say about this wine... Pale yellow. Musky, powerfully scented aromas of orchard fruits, smoky lees, truffle and iodine; smells like a top-notch Chassagne. Weighty and round but sharply focused, offering fresh pear, peach, tangerine and buttered toast flavors. The iodine element returns on the long, smoky finish. Lots going on here, especially for the price.

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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 Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard

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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
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3.00 5
05/23/2011

Good for a Chardonnay. Nutty & oak flavors with medium-high alcohol.


Snooth User: MONSTER1
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4.00 5
10/22/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Brisk and ripe, this Chard, from a cool region on San Luis Obispo, shows a classic profile of pure kiwi and lime fruit flavor. A layer of oak adds caramel, butterscotch and vanilla flavors. It all finishes in a long, spicy swirl of orange blossom honey.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Smooth, rich and creamy-textured, this is intense and concentrated, with a mix of ripe pear, green apple, floral and spice notes. Ends with a fresh, snappy aftertaste. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Bright and pure, with high natural acidity framing ripe flavors of peaches, pineapples, limes, kiwi fruits and smoky, oaky vanilla. Classic Edna Valley Chardonnay.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/11/2011

From Edna Valley's oldest and coolest climate this elegant Chardonnay is complex, with smoky characteristics, tropical fruits and a lively acidity that dances on your tongue.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Fresh and vibrant, with floral apple blossom scents. Complex spicy mineral, green apple and green pear notes, with a hint of cedar, are clean and refreshing. Has good length, picking up a trace of anise on the finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Ripe and intense, with rich, perfumed apple, pear and spice flavors that pick up a note of butterscotch from oak. Turns elegant and stylish on the finish, showing a hint of lemon and citrus. A great value. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
06/22/2011

Pale yellow. Musky, powerfully scented aromas of orchard fruits, smoky lees, truffle and iodine; smells like a top-notch Chassagne. Weighty and round but sharply focused, offering fresh pear, peach, tangerine and buttered toast flavors. The iodine element returns on the long, smoky finish. Lots going on here, especially for the price.



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Every year, every wine, has a story to tell and the tale of the 2009; extremely low yields from the Wolff Vineyard. We purchased the majority of the vineyard and the combination of vine age (30 plus years) and a three year drought gave us just over one ton per acre. Not so good for the grower; yet incredible concentration, tension and terrior-driven minerality in the fruit. True to form, aromas of grapefruit and guava, with oak and earth in the background and mouthwatering acidity is the first impression on the palate. Restrained flavors of pineapple, pear and honeysuckle are persistent with moderate richness. This is what Josh Reynolds of the International Wine Cellar has to say about this wine... Pale yellow. Musky, powerfully scented aromas of orchard fruits, smoky lees, truffle and iodine; smells like a top-notch Chassagne. Weighty and round but sharply focused, offering fresh pear, peach, tangerine and buttered toast flavors. The iodine element returns on the long, smoky finish. Lots going on here, especially for the price.

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