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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2009
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)
Four and a half glasses
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.
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.
Four and a half glasses
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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1974 Cases produced.
Aged 10 months in French Oak.
Notes: 2/3rds New Oak barrels
|Alcohol: 13.5%||pH: 3.35|
|Sugar: 1.1 grams per liter|
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