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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2001

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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.

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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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06/18/2008

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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/08/2009

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.

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.

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