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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 1980

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:

Released Spring 1983 The hallmark of this wine is its classic balance. The juxtaposition of power and elegance mark this vintage as one of the finest in our history. All of the composite elements, the traditional barrel fermentation in new Sirugue and François Frères barrels, the malolactic fermentation, and the firm acidity harmonize with the intriguing citrus-anise fruit qualities that distinguish Mount Eden Chardonnay year after year. In tasting this wine with different dishes we have found it to be best placed with the main course, such as roast lamb or broiled lobster. Its body and depth of character demand food of equal weight. Although showing beautifully at present, this vintage is an excellent candidate for five to ten years of cellaring

245 cases produced.


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