2011 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
Mount Eden's 2011 Chardonnay is simply magnificent. Intense and tightly-coiled from the very first taste, the 2011 pulsates with energy, texture and pure class. Bright citrus, lemon oil, flowers and crushed rocks are all vivid in the glass, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that stands out most. The long, vibrant finish is a thing of beauty. In 2011, winemaker Jeffrey Patterson did not make a Reserve, instead all of the juice went into the straight Chardonnay. Readers who want to understand why the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the world's great terroirs for Chardonnay should start here. Quite simply, the 2011 Chardonnay is a, reference-point for California. The only question is how long it will take to come around. Readers will find plenty to get excited about in these new releases from Mount Eden. In particular, the 2011 Chardonnay is outrageously beautiful. (AG)
*#11 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014, Highly Recommended* This stunning wine is deliciously rich and layered, with vibrant flavors of honeydew, honeysuckle, fig and mineral shaded by seductive toasty oak. The flavors build depth and intensity, displaying a deep measure of intensity and persistence. Drink now through 2024.
Movie theater aromas of caramel candy, buttered popcorn and burned popcorn kernels converge on the nose of this classic Chardonnay from one of California’s most historic vineyards. Despite the prominent nose, the flavors are elegantly restrained, with a brisk acidity surrounding warmer notes of caramelized pineapple.