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Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard 2011

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"Jeffrey Patterson has sourced Chardonnay for this 1976 planting in Edna Valley since 1985. Reduced when first opened, the wine also courses with an appetizing saline electricity. As it takes on air it gains a nutty. Pear fruited succulence that balances its crisp intensity. Give it a year or two to come around, then pour it with something similarly rich and oceanic, like doc in brown butter sauce...91" Wine & Spirits 10/13

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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

Editorial Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,795
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/10/2009

- nutty, slightly smoky aromatic wood, a hint of bacon, green herbs, dried flowers, apple butter, nice balanced and perfumed, - Lighter bodied than the nose would indicate with a very soft, creamy texture, nice spicy top notes from the wood over a deep base of dried apple and lemon curd fruits. Finishes with a easy touch and gentle woodspice and golden apple fruit tones. White fish in brown butter sauce 87pts


Member Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard

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Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,717
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 05/23/2011

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


Snooth User: MONSTER1
95906618
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 10/22/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 08/15/2009

This chardonnay is a tasty, floral and peach/nectarine/melon wine that oddly enough had a bit of Riesling "zing" to it. Tasty, but lacking any toasty oak or buttery qualities for those that seek such in a chardonnay. -Tasted 8/15/09 Marche` Bacchus


Snooth User: SIPtheGoodLife
2564805
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/15/2009

Great pick! I’ve always enjoyed wines from Wolff Vineyards. I became even more excited about this winery when I found out that many of their 2008 releases have been SIP™ (Sustainability in Practice) Certified. In order to receive this certification the growers must go through a rigorous process to prove their continuing commitment to environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic vitality. The SIP™ program takes into consideration energy conservation, erosion control, pest management, human resource practices, and more. Consumers should look for the SIP™ certified seal on bottles; this seal signals that the wine you are drinking contains 85% or more certified fruit. Keep drinking those SIP™ wines so we can hope to see even more make their debuts in the future. For more information about SIP™ certified wines check out www.sipthegoodlife.org.


Snooth User: caseychristin
4283461
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 07/12/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: RicksPicks
3945032
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 01/27/2008

Mount Eden - Wolff has become one of my favorite inexpensive chardonnays over the past few years. It is a nicely balance wine that is neither over-oaked or too buttery. It is relatively complex with nice fruit flavors and enough acidity to stand up to foods such as chicken or pork. Overall, a very nice wine -- especially for less than $20.


Snooth User: luvinscm
30786477
5.00 5
Vintage: 2005 11/22/2009

Five glasses


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External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard

External Review
10/24/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 03/26/2013

On the tart side, and very refreshing, this features a marked citrus presence and cleansing green apple flavors. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 03/26/2013

Mount Eden’s 2010 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard wraps around the palate with hints of almonds, honey, fennel and dried pears. The Wolff Vineyard, from a site in Edna Valley, is made in a slightly more forward style than the rest of the Domaine/Mount Eden Chardonnays. Slightly burnished notes add complexity on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 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
Vintage: 2009 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
Vintage: 2009 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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2009 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.


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"Jeffrey Patterson has sourced Chardonnay for this 1976 planting in Edna Valley since 1985. Reduced when first opened, the wine also courses with an appetizing saline electricity. As it takes on air it gains a nutty. Pear fruited succulence that balances its crisp intensity. Give it a year or two to come around, then pour it with something similarly rich and oceanic, like doc in brown butter sauce...91" Wine & Spirits 10/13

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