2014 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1319976 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Seeing one-third whole clusters and 12 months in barrel, the 2014 Pinot Noir Estate has a subtle, nuanced style as well as terrific notes of dried strawberries, red currants, spice-box and forest floor. It's elegant, seamless and silky on the palate, with fine tannin and impeccable balance. Give it a few years to develop more complexity (although I'd happily drink it today) and it's going to keep for 10-15+ years.  (8/2017)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate from Mount Eden is beautiful, wafting from the glass with aromas of red cherries, potpourri, mountain laurel, forest floor and cinnamon. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, ample and layered, with velvety tannins, succulent acids and lovely length and grain on the tangy finish. Follow this young classic for the next 15 years. (WK)  (5/2018)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Wild strawberry and plum mix with subtle yet sultry notes of nutmeg, mace, loam, graphite and game on the nose of this bottling. Sizzling acidity leads the palate, carrying cherry, plum and red apple flavors, followed by layers of eucalyptus and pine forest. (MK)  (12/2017)

93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Pinot Noir is a pliant, deep and expressive wine. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, mint and wild flowers gradually reveal themselves, but the wine needs a few years in bottle to shed some of its baby fat and for the tannins to soften. In this vintage, Mount Eden's Pinot Noir is a wine of real gravitas and power, with perhaps a bit less of the immediate charm other recent vintages have shown. (AG) 93+  (8/2017)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 Jeffrey Patterson is committed to dry farming his vines, and continued through this third year of drought, when his vineyard received a total of 14 inches of rain for the season. He sustained his vines by limiting their crop, and decided to pick those concentrated grapes starting on August 4th, the earliest harvest in the estate’s history. Yet despite the extremity of the season, the wine feels gracious and refined. It has the cool feel of the air in a coastal forest, mossy and piney, lasting on an earthy savor. The texture is firm and juicy, while the wine isn’t overtly fruity. This should be a fascinating vintage of Mount Eden to watch as it develops over the next decade.  (12/2017)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is ethereal, dried, wild strawberries that drift not pour out of you glass, they’re seductive, and they make me keep going back to the nose over and over. On the palate the wine is supple and medium bodied, yet when I write medium-bodied the words make it sound weak which it isn’t. The flavors are spice laden, red fruit, not precise but deckle edged that amplify the texture. The finish is elegant, it is however full flavored replaying the wild strawberry and savory notes. I’d love to drink this wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2025

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
I don't have enough hyperbole to accurately describe how impressive Mount Eden is. It has always been a personal go to for a special bottle of Santa Cruz Mountain wine in any varietal they make. The 2014 pinot is no exception. It's very lively and fresh, but is really marked by a more savory tone than I remember from great vintages in the past. Given that I typically expect those flavors to develop with time in the cellar I'm thrilled to see what kind of added complexity this will have in due time.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
A perennial top quality California Pinot, Mount Eden's 2014 PN shows quite forward and intense red fruits on the palate. I found the wine to be direct and straightforward, not yet unfurling layers of complexity but clearly possessing the usual good stuff for this bottling. While I'm sure many people will love it now, I would love to see it shed some of its baby fat and gain some more poise and complexity, which I'm sure it will in due time.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This is an elegant and silky Pinot Noir from one of my favorite California producers. It shows elegance and balance, yet is bright and fresh and wonderfully classic. Jeffrey Patterson has rocketed to the top of my list of all-time favorite winemakers in CA for his light hand, terroir-driven style. He knows the Santa Cruz Mountains well and this wine reflects his expertise.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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