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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2010
2010 was a perfect growing year for Chardonnay on our mountaintop. The winter was very cold and the rains persisted into early spring, resulting in a three week delay of bud break. Although this may seem a little esoteric to many, bud break is the official start of the growing season and it can set the tone for the vintage. With the late start, 2010 ripened into late September under cool autumnal skies. This is what created its specialness: the combination of a moderate yield and a cool, slow finish to complete development. The style of this vintage is exactly what I desire: pale lemon color and subtle, complex aromas of bread yeast, lanolin, and gardenia flower. Penetrating yet light on the palate, this Chardonnay has a delicious combination of soil and leesy reduction flavors giving lift and interest. As always, a lengthy aftertaste indicates a long life in the wine cellar. Three years after harvest, the 2010 Estate Chardonnay is just starting to "kick in". Time will tell but this might be one of our best vintages in the last ten years.
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.
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.
Notes of white currants, lemon butter, poached pear, 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, full-bodied, textured mouthfeel with great freshness and brilliant purity is evidence of another stunner from this iconic source of high-elevation California Chardonnay. This is probably my favorite vintage over the last decade and has at least 10 years of aging potential.
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