2007 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1057295 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A completely different animal, the 2007 Pinot Noir Estate reveals a darker ruby color as well as more forest floor/floral character intermixed with sweet black cherry, wild strawberry, and spicy notes. There is no evidence of any oak in this full-bodied Pinot. With silky smooth tannins, impressive richness, and admirable elegance, minerality, and purity, it will be even better in 4-5 years, and should last for 12-15+ years. This iconic winery continues to offer wines with personalities and styles that set them apart (especially the estate wines) from just about anything else readers will taste from California. Estate grown as well as purchased grapes are utilized in their less expensive Saratoga Cuvees. (RP)  (2/2010)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright red. Sexy aromas of strawberry and raspberry preserves, potpourri, minerals and blood orange. Graceful, palate-staining red berry flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity and given spine by tangy minerals. Very fresh Pinot with strong finishing cut and lingering notes of blood orange and candied flowers. This elegant wine reminded me of a high-class wine from Volnay. (ST)  (11/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Complex and full-bodied, showing savory herb, dried cherry and berry fruit, with anise, mineral and tobacco leaf, gaining depth and nuance and finishing with firm, minerally tannins. (Web Only—2010)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Sharp in acidity and jammy in cherry-raspberry fruit, with a spicy coat of smoky oak, this young Pinot Noir is just too tough for immediate enjoyment. This is a wine with a reputation for ageability. It will probably blossom after 2013. If you drink it now, give it a good decant.  (7/2010)

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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.

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 (%): 13.8