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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Notes at release: 2007 was a drought year of historic severity. Sixteen inches fell during the winter - the last time that happened was 1977, thirty years previously. Other than that, it was a great growing season. We still kept our dry-farming philosophy (the only sustainability that works in my world) and the late summer, early fall were textbook mild and sunny. The style of this vintage is what I have been trying to achieve recently. Reticent in fruit yet buoyant in personality, this chardonnay has penetrating, compelling aromas unique to Mount Eden of earth, quince, and lime zest. On the palate, the first impression is of solid acidity with the fruit in the background but abundant richness, texture and minerality in the foreground. Overall, an exquisite, teasing tautness completes the picture. Built to age gracefully, expect improvement through 2012 and a drinking plateau through 2025 with proper cellaring.

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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01/08/2012

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

lemon butter


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

poached pear


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

" Notes of white currants


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

full-bodied


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

as well as touches of honey and crushed rock are all present in the complex aromatics of the light greenish/gold-colored 2007 Chardonnay Estate. A beautiful


External Review
06/22/2011

Bright gold. Lively, mineral-laced aromas of pear, quince and white flowers, with subtle vanilla and spice notes in the background. Sappy and light on its feet, with surprisingly dense orchard fruit flavors and an exotic hint of papaya. The mineral quality comes back on a pure, nervy and tightly focused finish, which is impressively persistent. Balanced for aging but this will probably be in top drinking form in another four or five years.


External Review
05/18/2011

Simply delicious, a rich, buttery style, with ripe, vivid and delicate peach, pear and honeydew melon fruit that's complex, concentrated and full-bodied, offering excellent length and depth. Creamy oak adds a touch of smoke and vanilla. The texture is silky. Drink now through 2016.


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Notes at release: 2007 was a drought year of historic severity. Sixteen inches fell during the winter - the last time that happened was 1977, thirty years previously. Other than that, it was a great growing season. We still kept our dry-farming philosophy (the only sustainability that works in my world) and the late summer, early fall were textbook mild and sunny. The style of this vintage is what I have been trying to achieve recently. Reticent in fruit yet buoyant in personality, this chardonnay has penetrating, compelling aromas unique to Mount Eden of earth, quince, and lime zest. On the palate, the first impression is of solid acidity with the fruit in the background but abundant richness, texture and minerality in the foreground. Overall, an exquisite, teasing tautness completes the picture. Built to age gracefully, expect improvement through 2012 and a drinking plateau through 2025 with proper cellaring.

1313 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork


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