2013 Mount Eden "Wolff Vineyard" Edna Valley Chardonnay
This offers good quality for the price from this historic producer, which heads south to this dry-farmed vineyard planted in 1976. The wine shows lots of lemon scents, from blossoms to peels, along with browned butter, sea salt and smoke. The palate offers singed lime peels, red grapefruit skin, iodine and sour yellow apple peels, proving quite complex.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from the Edna Valley, the 2013 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard has lots of matchstick-like minerality, apple blossom and white flower notes in its medium-bodied, supple, juicy and easy drinking style. This is another high class Chardonnay that sells for a song.
The 2013 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard is quite powerful in this vintage. Succulent apricot pit, peach, almonds and chamomile laced together in a deep, resonant Chardonnay endowed with a real sense of phenolic weight. It will be interesting to see if a slightly reductive note dissipates over time. Even if it does, I expect the 2013 will remain an intense wine marked by the drought conditions and resulting small berries. 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...Although the Santa Cruz Mountains has seen a rush of interest in the last few years, when all is said and done there are two winemakers who remain the unquestioned reference-points because of their unparalleled track records; Paul Draper and his team at Ridge and Jeffrey Patterson at Mount Eden. (AG)
Shows touches of smoky, toasty oak amid a sleek core of citrus- and green apple-infused flavors, with zesty acidity keeping the elements vibrant.