2014 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1319977 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay Estate from Mount Eden is terrific, offering up a youthful bouquet of buttered apples, pear, toasted nuts and brioche that reveals more and more nuance as it sits in the glass. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, pure and racy, with a satiny attack, deep core and bright acids. The finish is long and mouthwateringly chalky. This is one of the best recent releases of the Estate Chardonnay, and it comes warmly recommended.

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2014 Chardonnay Estate comes from 43% of the average yields (it was a tiny crop due to the drought) and was barrel fermented in 70% new French oak and aged 10 months on lees before bottling. It’s another youthful, slightly reserved Chardonnay that's going to benefit from cellaring. Brioche, buttered citrus, almond paste and honeysuckle all give way to a beautifully balanced, layered, rich effort that has vibrant acidity as well.  (8/2017)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 An oil-like shade of yellow in the glass, this is still a baby, showing aromas of walnut, seared lemon, yogurt, white flowers, oak and smoke. The acidity is pure and strong, cutting through the nutty flavors and savory richness. Sea salt, browned butter, Meyer lemon peels and orange marmalade flavors will only grow more cohesive with time. (MK)  (11/2017)

93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains) is a rich, almost viscous wine endowed with palpable intensity in all of its dimensions. Orange peel, apricot, mint, wild flowers and chamomile are all nicely pushed forward. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel, the 2014 possesses quite a bit of structure. Even so, it is the wine's precision and energy that I find most impressive at this stage. I would give the 2014 at least a few years to fully come together, as it is pretty tightly wound, even after a few hours of aeration. (AG)  (8/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 The spicy oak is dominant, giving this a cedary flavor and texture, slowly rolling into a core of pear, melon, fig and apricot notes. (JL)  (11/2017)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
There are those who believe that this is one of the top three Chardonnays in California--and I'm inclined to agree with them. This is a beautiful Chardonnay, a wine that for a long time has been so dialed in, consistent, structured and faithfully delicious, that it's entirely possible to take it for granted. Aromas initially show a buttery, kettle corn quality, with fruits that after time, begin to emerge. On the palate, the focus, drive and acidity of the fruit really shines, and more than holds up to the discreet barrel notes. This wine has length for days, and though it is delicious now, I'd love to check back in on it six years from now. Kudos to Jeffrey Patterson and crew for continuing to make one of the world's great Chardonnays!

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/13/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine smells like a delicate crème brulee, and if creamy were an aromatic it would be in this description. On the palate the wine shows its breeding, depth, power, richness yet still has great balance. The flavors are restrained, this is still a young wine, but you can see the source, the saline, mineral driven center of the wine it’s just too young. Good finish with mineral, weight and hints of vanillin, put this in your cellar for 3+ years
Drink from 2020 to 2025

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
There are not many chardonnays that I recommend decanting, but this is one of them. It's built for the ages. It has drive and bright freshness and a flinty matchstick character that I almost exclusively associate with high end white Burgundy. The weight is super impressive and doesn't come exclusively from oak like so many CA chards but from intensity of fruit and a deft hand in the cellar. It's drinkable now with some time in the decanter, but it's also a wonderful cellar candidate from the legendary estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
Mount Eden has always been one of my favorite California producers and this Chardonnay is a great example of why. Jeffrey Patterson is one of the smartest, most experienced winemakers in the state and the Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay is what he does best. There is a toastiness and richness to this wine resulting form the higher percentage of New French oak. That creamier mouthfeel though is counterbalanced by the bright, zippy Santa Cruz Mountains acidity. Another great wine from a phenomenal winery.

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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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 14