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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2000

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

A terrific example of a great California Chardonnay, the 2000 Chardonnay Estate emerges from a high altitude mountain vineyard. It exhibits notes of honeysuckle and buttered tropical fruits (particularly pineapples and passion fruit) interwoven with a striking minerality, good acidity, tremendous intensity, and impressive richness, The winersquo;s acidity and structure have more in common with a top Burgundy Grand cru than most California Chardonnays. This is a brilliantly executed, full-throttle effort that builds incrementally in the mouth. It should drink well for a decade (one of Californiarsquo;s longest lived Chardonnays).

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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

External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

A terrific example of a great California Chardonnay, the 2000 Chardonnay Estate emerges from a high altitude mountain vineyard. It exhibits notes of honeysuckle and buttered tropical fruits (particularly pineapples and passion fruit) interwoven with a striking minerality, good acidity, tremendous intensity, and impressive richness, The winersquo;s acidity and structure have more in common with a top Burgundy Grand cru than most California Chardonnays. This is a brilliantly executed, full-throttle effort that builds incrementally in the mouth. It should drink well for a decade (one of Californiarsquo;s longest lived Chardonnays).


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Dark yellow-gold, with rich, concentrated honey and fig aromas, picking up earth, herb and citrus scents, supported by lively acidity. Turns opulent and complex on a long, buttery finish. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A terrific example of a great California Chardonnay, the 2000 Chardonnay Estate emerges from a high altitude mountain vineyard. It exhibits notes of honeysuckle and buttered tropical fruits (particularly pineapples and passion fruit) interwoven with ... Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2000 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate 750ml



2101 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork


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