Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Pinot Noir 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

All of our estate vineyards are non-irrigated (a rarity today). Every drop of water the vine uses comes from the sky. This is not because we can’t irrigate, it’s because this practice makes a more authentic, concentrated wine and reflective of the vintage. In addition, no yeast is added for fermentation. All are native and spontaneous (the same is true for malolactic). Again this is not because we can’t but the wine is truer to its terroir and lower in alcohol. All of these procedures involve high risk and high reward. As I approach my thirtieth vintage at Mount Eden it’s amazing how the winemaking has become as minimalist as possible. This is our first offering from 2008. The growing conditions fit many parameters of high quality: low rainfall (25 inches), successful bloom in the spring and a moderate summer heat. The wine has a classic ruby hue, like only Pinot Noir has, with a sweet explosive nose of soft red fruit, cherry, pomegranate and earth. To me this variety is all about fruit and earth—round, generous and intense on the palate this vintage has the expected flavors of the Pinot Noir family of raspberry, plum black cherry and earth. Some tannin on the finish is apparent with great buttressing acidity. Given our sixty-five year lineage, one should expect improvement through 2018 and a drinking plateau for another decade in a good cellar.

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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

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Snooth User: Heathen83
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3.00 5
02/24/2011

Cherry dominates on nose. Lots of heat on nose and in mouth - not surprising given its 15.0% alcohol percentage. Its balance is surprising, considering its high alcohol.


Snooth User: lbpinot
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4.00 5
09/21/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
09/28/2011

Pinot Noir is the first variety harvested at Mount Eden, an artisanal California winemaker in the business for the pure pleasure of crafting Old World style wines. Fruit on this transparent Pinot is elegant and the new and lightly used french oak do not overpower. It matures 18 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Sapid, floral and soft on the palate, the structure of this happily Burgundian wine allows for cellaring... however, most will want to drink it now. Perfect for special occasion dinners featuring duck breast.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Vivid red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, Asian spices and pungent herbs. Juicy, sharply focused red berry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up a suave candied rose quality. A juicy, precise midweight that finishes with noteworthy clarity and spicy persistence. This will age on its balance.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

A brilliant Pinot Noir, dry and enormously concentrated in mountain cherries, raspberries, strawberries and sweet oak. Completely delicious now, but with the acidity, minerality and balance to evolve over the next six years, at least.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
02/13/2012

Fragrant, delicate plum and black cherry fruit is pure, focused, complex, elegant and full-bodied. Very Burgundian in its weight and purity. Drink now through 2018.


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

There is not much color to the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (light ruby, faded garnet), but the wonderful sweet cherry, currant and spring floral notes of the aromatics are endearing. With silky tannins, medium to full body, and a lot more flavor than the delicate color suggests, this wine is very approachable and probably best drunk over the next 7andndash;8 years, although it might surprise me and last longer.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

There is not much color to the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (light ruby, faded garnet), but the wonderful sweet cherry, currant and spring floral notes of the aromatics are endearing. With silky tannins, medium to full body, and a lot more flavor than the delicate color suggests, this wine is very approachable and probably best drunk over the next 7-8 years, although it might surprise me and last longer.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Fragrant, delicate plum and black cherry fruit is pure, focused, complex, elegant and full-bodied. Very Burgundian in its weight and purity.



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All of our estate vineyards are non-irrigated (a rarity today). Every drop of water the vine uses comes from the sky. This is not because we can’t irrigate, it’s because this practice makes a more authentic, concentrated wine and reflective of the vintage. In addition, no yeast is added for fermentation. All are native and spontaneous (the same is true for malolactic). Again this is not because we can’t but the wine is truer to its terroir and lower in alcohol. All of these procedures involve high risk and high reward. As I approach my thirtieth vintage at Mount Eden it’s amazing how the winemaking has become as minimalist as possible. This is our first offering from 2008. The growing conditions fit many parameters of high quality: low rainfall (25 inches), successful bloom in the spring and a moderate summer heat. The wine has a classic ruby hue, like only Pinot Noir has, with a sweet explosive nose of soft red fruit, cherry, pomegranate and earth. To me this variety is all about fruit and earth—round, generous and intense on the palate this vintage has the expected flavors of the Pinot Noir family of raspberry, plum black cherry and earth. Some tannin on the finish is apparent with great buttressing acidity. Given our sixty-five year lineage, one should expect improvement through 2018 and a drinking plateau for another decade in a good cellar.

969 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Notes: 50% New Oak

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 1.5 grams per liter

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