Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2001
Reviews:93 points The Wine Advocate Issue 166 8/28/06 90 points Wine Enthusiast September 2006 91 points Wine Spectator July 31, 2006 Notes at Release: 2001 was an altogether easy year to be a winegrower. The winter was cold with lots of snow days. When the rains finally stopped, spring began with almost summer like weather. Perfect flowering conditions led to uniformity in the vineyards at harvest time. The grape skins were in perfect condition and the juice had incredible acidity. Lemon, anise and honeysuckle flower entice the nose. It's very lively on the palate with citrus and earth notes that are penetrating and persistent. After barrel fermentation and full malolactic, the 2001 still displayed a nervous spine of acid (reminiscent of French Chablis).It has evolved to a lovely harmony. Approaching its ageing plateau, expect (with good cellaring) enjoyment for the next ten years.
Absolutely stunning and beyond drinkable. Golden, deep, precious color; highly memorable nose with notes of octane, chestnut, autumn leaves. Very rich. Very complex. Very worth it.
External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay
The 2001 Chardonnay Estate exhibits aromas of minerals, popcorn, and buttered citrus in its well-delineated, beautifully pure personality. It displays abundant richness and flavor intensity as well as a long finish. Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2001 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate 750ml
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The 2001 is a high acid vintage that has aged at a snail’s pace since bottling in June 2002. Since this vineyard has been producing for sixty years, I’ve learned to appreciate these French-styled years for their flavor precision and incredible longevity. Initial reticence on the nose opens up to reveal apple-quince-butterscotch aromas that are clean and focused. On the palate, the flavors are dominated by citrus, minerality and integrated acidity. The most exceptional quality though is the lingering aftertaste that is the hallmark of every Estate Chardonnay.
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