2012 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A juicy, spice-filled Pinot Noir that has a lot of charm, the 2012 Pinot Noir Domaine Eden reveals a medium ruby color to go with upfront notes of mulled cherries, charred herbs and toasted spice. Medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured and with plenty of fruit ... (JD)
Sour cranberry juice aromas mix with wet slate, strawberry soda, black olives and charred beets on this bottling from historic Mount Eden’s more affordable series. It’s crisp and clean once sipped, with ripe cranberry fruit picking up oregano and marjoram herbs and a nice tartness on the back end. (MK)
The 2012 Pinot Noir is a pretty, silky wine with plenty of near term appeal. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices meld together nicely in the glass. Overall, the Domaine Eden Pinot is forward, bright and nicely done. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
*Best Buy* This comes from a vineyard near Mount Eden’s home estate, at 1,650 feet. It’s reduced at first, but it improves with air, the posh cherry-red ripeness of its fruit supported by gripping tannins that speak to its mountain origins. Open it in another year or two with duck breast.
Intense, with a dusty savory edge to the dried berry, anise, cedar, loamy earth and crushed rock nuances. Ends with firm, gritty tannins. This wine begs for some cellar time. (JL, Web-2015)
If the name and locale for this domaine seem oddly familiar, it's for good reason. Domaine Eden was purchased by K&L favorite Mount Eden back in 2007, though the estate was founded in 1983 by Tom Mudd, who modeled it after the famous estate. This Pinot Noir cuvée consists of a combination of clonal selections grown at this sustainably farmed property, including Dijon, Calera, Swan and Mount Eden's own clonal selection. The wine was fermented on native yeasts, barrel-aged in French oak for 11 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered.