2012 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1195018 91 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chardonnay is a beautiful, open-knit wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Hints of orange peel and mint add character to this classy, understated Chardonnay. The style is all about textural softness and polish. The 2012 is about 60% declassified juice from the Mount Eden program and 40% juice from the Domaine Eden property itself. Jeffrey Patterson is one of the most soft-spoken winemakers in California, but don't let that fool you; he is a man of deeply held convictions, with strong views that inform all of his wines. Mount Eden and its sister estate Domaine Eden remain surprisingly under the radar. Part of that is undoubtly a result of the decision to sell most of the production through distribution rather than direct to the consumer, where there is a greater opportunity to build a stronger bond and brand awareness with the end customer. What that means in practical terms is that these wines sell for far less than wines of similar quality from other parts of the US and around the world. The Mount Eden wines remain reference points for the Santa Cruz Mountains, while the Domaine Eden range is designed to deliver that pedigree at more accessible prices. (AG)  (6/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Barrel fermented and aged in a mix of French and American oak (30% new), the 2012 Chardonnay Estate -- released under the Domaine Eden label -- was a little reductive on this occasion, but opened up to show plenty of ripe orchard fruits, honeysuckle, peach and white flowers notes with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, beautifully textured, rounded, and supple with lots of Chardonnay depth and richness, it's upfront and ready to go now, but should drink nicely for 3-4 years at the least. (JD)  (10/2015)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/8/2015 | Send Email
CA Chard at it's best (at least in this price point). Made by Mount Eden from vineyards in saratoga. Whilst this wine is a little more forward and generous than ME's notoriously chiselled and mineral intensive "Estate" bottle, I still admire the restraint that this wine maintains. Riper orchard fruit, nice nutty oak and lees nuances, bright, fresh, medium bodied with good persistence on the palate.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5