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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2009

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94 points Wine Spectator: At first, this teases, fresh and snappy, displaying lively acidity and zesty citrus, green apple and pear notes. Turns pithy midpalate, but the flavors pour though on the finish, adding mouthwatering touches of light oak and mineral. Should only get better. Drink now through 2025. 1,974 cases made. (7/31/12)

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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: ianrshort
1013960147
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/08/2012

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 05/25/2010

Four glasses


Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549180,731
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/05/2009

A luminous golden straw color to this beautiful wine. A bit smoky with aromas of apricot and sweet bake shop. Maybe wild flowers on a spring day. Medium - full on the palette with crisp acidity. Displaying peach and strawberry with a hint of minerals. Fresh finish that leaves you wanting more.


4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 06/29/2009

Savory yet sweet vanilla nose. Clean with a touch of sugar, fruit flavors of apples and pears. The toast is profound, like freshly buttered brunch bread.


Snooth User: Barberolo
721003,140
4.50 5
Vintage: 2003 01/01/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Wine Unfiltered
75759311
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 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.


External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2015

Bright yellow-gold. A powerfully scented bouquet evokes Meyer lemon, poached pear, vanilla, smoky minerals and chamomile, with hints of anise and iodine emerging with aeration. Palate-staining orchard fruit and lemon curd flavors are deepened notes of candied fig and buttered toast while maintaining their energy. Closes on a smoky note, with excellent focus, breadth and sappy persistence.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/13/2015

Panelist Eugenio Jardin praised this wine’s texture, seeing an appetizing and evolved character brought about by barrel fermentation and aging: “It was almost past the point of being oak; it’s what oak becomes.” With air the acidity of chardonnay planted at 2,000 feet picks up where the oak leaves off, carrying seashell and honey tones in a broad and decadent beam of flavor.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
03/26/2013

The 2009 Chardonnay Estate is incomparably elegant. Lemon, lime, crushed rocks, spices and mint are some of the many nuances that take shape as the 2009 opens up in the glass. The 2009 is unusually open and approachable for a young Mount Eden Chardonnay, but there is plenty of stuffing for it to age well for many years. The 2009 will be even better in another few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012–2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
06/19/2013

This pioneering California winery can trace its roots to the 1940s, when Martin Ray planted a vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains high above the Santa Clara Valley. Winemaker and partner Jeffrey Patterson carries on the tradition, tending this remote vineyard that is dry-framed and low-yielding. The juice was barrel-fermented in mostly new French Burgundy barrels (228 liters), where the wine went through full malolactic fermentation and was aged on the lees for 10 months. 1,74 cases made.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 01/10/2013

The 2009 Chardonnay Estate is incomparably elegant. Lemon, lime, crushed rocks, spices and mint are some of the many nuances that take shape as the 2009 opens up in the glass. The 2009 is unusually open and approachable for a young Mount Eden Chardonnay, but there is plenty of stuffing for it to age well for many years. The 2009 will be even better in another few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2020.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 12/15/2011

lemon butter


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2007 10/06/2012

At first, this teases, fresh and snappy, displaying lively acidity and zesty citrus, green apple and pear notes. Turns pithy midpalate, but the flavors pour though on the finish, adding mouthwatering touches of light oak and mineral. Should only get better. Drink now through 2025.


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94 points Wine Spectator: At first, this teases, fresh and snappy, displaying lively acidity and zesty citrus, green apple and pear notes. Turns pithy midpalate, but the flavors pour though on the finish, adding mouthwatering touches of light oak and mineral. Should only get better. Drink now through 2025. 1,974 cases made. (7/31/12)

1974 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 10 months in French Oak.

Notes: 2/3rds New Oak barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.35
Sugar: 1.1 grams per liter

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