2008 Mount Eden Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mount Eden’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes across as silky, perfumed and impeccably balanced. Dark red berries, flowers, mint and spices flesh out in this gracious, medium-bodied wine. The Estate is all about subtlety and class. Sweet floral notes reappear to frame the exquisite finish. The blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. 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.
Rustic, dense, chewy and tannic, but also deeply concentrated, so be patient with the potent currant, crushed rock and cedar flavors. Best to let this sleep for a few years, or at least give it a good decant. Best from 2015 through 2028. 1,218 cases made.
The 2008 Mount Eden Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot. It was barrel-fermented and aged for 22 months in half French and half American oak (75% new) and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Elegant and refined in style, it exhibits classic Santa Cruz Mountains blackcurrant and briary aromas and flavors, with undertones of menthol and graphite. Creamy vanilla, wood spice, and dark chocolate layers from oak aging add complexity to the core of black fruits and firm tannins. Minerals lace the finish. This is classic, cool-climate California Cabernet with the structure to age from a landmark California producer.