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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.
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.
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