2008 Mount Eden "Reserve" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
The 2008 Chardonnay Reserve is in a gorgeous spot as it is just beginning to show the first signs of aromatic and flavor development. Hazelnut, honey, tropical fruit and butter open up in a Chardonnay endowed with lovely focus and delineation throughout. Smoke, slate and green orchard fruit add brightness on the close. The 2008 Reserve is a beautifully balanced, complete wine from Mount Eden. It also has enough freshness to drink well for another decade, perhaps longer. What a gorgeous wine the 2008 is turning out to be.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Chardonnay Reserve boasts incredible depth and power. Today it comes across as much more reticent than the straight 2009 bottling. The characteristic Mount Eden flavors are there. Bright fruit and floral notes, along with the clean veins of minerality, help give the wine its underlying tension and minerality. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. (AG)
Additional notes from Wine Advocate: "Mount Eden is one of the United States' great heritage estates. The Chardonnays and Pinots have a track record for aging spectacularly well. As outstanding as the Chardonnays and Pinots can be, I was also pretty surprised by the quality of the Cabernet Sauvignons. Winemaker and proprietor Jeffrey Patterson favors indigenous fermentations for all his wines, which are also bottled with no fining or filtration. The top Chardonnay bottling, the Estate, spends a year in barrel and six months in steel, as do so many of the top whites in Burgundy these days. The Pinots are made with anywhere from 20-50% stem inclusion, which can make the wines hard to understand when young. If I am looking for an aged bottle of California Chardonnay or Pinot, Mount Eden is always at or near the top of my list. In this section, I have listed all of the wines from Domaine Eden, Mount Eden's second label first, followed by the wines of Mount Eden." (8/2012)