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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2003

External Review by Sam's Wine:

Golden in color. Red apples on the attack. The oak is present, but nothing overt or toasty; rather, it makes itself known in the texture--creamy yet supple and well-toned. With time dried apricots and mineral notes emerge. Dense in the mid-palate and wondrously persistent, this Chardonnay will certainly grow more complex and nuanced. Give this wine time--it will be well worth it!

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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

Member Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Barberolo
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01/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Sam's Wine
09/15/2009

Golden in color. Red apples on the attack. The oak is present, but nothing overt or toasty; rather, it makes itself known in the texture--creamy yet supple and well-toned. With time dried apricots and mineral notes emerge. Dense in the mid-palate and wondrously persistent, this Chardonnay will certainly grow more complex and nuanced. Give this wine time--it will be well worth it!


External Review
Source: CoolVines
03/23/2009

Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate located on a 2000 foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1945, it is recognized as one of the original "boutique" California Winery properties, focusing on small lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Mount Eden's lineage of estate bottled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is the longest in California. Planted in austere, infertile Franciscan shale on a cool, exposed mountaintop, the low-yielding estate vineyards have consistently produced world class wines for over a half century.



Tasting Notes:

Notes at Release: 2003 is yet another great vintage in an incredible lineage of Chardonnay from this historic estate. Like a good Burgundy, Mount Eden’s Estate Chardonnay is always backward in its youth. Because of this we release late to allow the acidity to tame and the flavors to evolve. After two and a half years in the bottle this 2003 is ready to be presented to you. Classic hazelnut, citrus and toast confront the nose. Vibrant full throttle flavors of quince, lemon, mint and palate-coating minerality which builds slowly as the wine is aerated. Drinkable now, this wine will be a pleasure to drink for the next ten years, possibly longer.


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