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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

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10/24/2013

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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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