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Mount Eden Vineyards Saratoga Cuvée Chardonnay 2008
We grow Chardonnay on two mountaintops, Mount Eden and Domaine Eden. All the viticulture and winemaking is the same for both. What is different is the expression. As we go through the barrels in early spring—after the wines have finished their fermentations—we look for distinctions based upon ageability. The Saratoga Cuvée selections show an earlier drinking personality, more precocious as it were. While the Estate wine is more reserved and destined for bottle evolution. With that preamble, this vintage displays classic Old World aromas of hazelnut, lanolin and cherry pit. The palate is nicely textured from barrel fermentation, sur-lie aging and minimal processing. Expect a slow, positive evolution (this is Mount Eden, you know) over the next five or six years.
Rich, spicy nose of menthol and eucalyptus. Rich plum flavors with top notes of bright blueberry. Very Nice.
Big ripe fruit and massive tannins. Very aromatic, with smokey oak and a nice finish. I really liked this Cab a bunch, and it paired great with a blue-cheese stuffed grilled fillet where a fruit bomb wouldn't have. Great value at $15.
External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Saratoga Cuvée Chardonnay
Clean, pure and refreshing, with lively citrus, green apple, floral and spice notes that are full-bodied and a touch pithy. Well-balanced and complex on the finish. Drink now through 2015.
The Mount Eden 2008 Chardonnay Saratoga Cuvee flows from the glass with layers of juicy, varietal fruit. A sweet harmonious finish rounds things out in style. The Saratoga Cuvee is made from the estate’s more forward wines in barrel and is meant to be approachable early. It is a gorgeous, reasonably priced wine from Mount Eden. Anticipated maturity: 2011–2014.
The Mount Eden 2008 Chardonnay Saratoga Cuvee flows from the glass with layers of juicy, varietal fruit. A sweet harmonious finish rounds things out in style. The Saratoga Cuvee is made from the estateandrsquo;s more forward wines in barrel and is meant to be approachable early. It is a gorgeous, reasonably priced wine from Mount Eden. Anticipated maturity: 2011andndash;2014.
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits an opaque ruby purple hue followed by pure, unevolved, black currant, raspberry, crushed rock, and spring flower-like notes. Very primary, it tastes more like a barrel sample than a finished wine, but it possesses enormous potential because of its combination of elegance, structure, and intensity. It should be forgotten for 7-8 years, and drunk over the following three decades.
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2513 cases produced.
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