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2013 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1247088 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark *#9 on the Enthusiast 100 of 2016, Editors' Choice* While this wine’s Mount Eden sister bottling may better stand the test of time, the Domaine Eden is what most people will most like to drink right now, and it’s cheaper too. Aromas of dried violets, uncrushed boysenberries and pencil lead make for an ethereal nose that seems to hold secrets one must uncover. Precise tannins on the palate offer floral yet savory flavors of black sesame, nori, violet and mulberry. It’s mellow yet mysterious. (MK) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Sporting a deeper ruby color, the 2013 Pinot Noir bottled under the Domaine Eden label has a terrific bouquet of black currants, dried spices, forest floor and dried herbs/hay. Rich, nicely textured, balanced and polished on the palate, with a great texture, drink this charming, outstanding, polished and layered beauty over the coming 5-7 years. It's another terrific value from this estate. These Domaine Eden releases by Jeffrey Patterson represent solid values, as well as great introductions into the style of the more expensive Mount Eden releases. (JD) Inner quote mark (10/2016)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Pinot Noir is an attractive wine to drink now and over the next few years. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red cherries and hard candies give the 2013 its lifted, gracious personality. The inclusion of 10% whole clusters adds to the wine's aromatic presence and overall brightness. Jeffrey Patterson is one of the most laid back producers in California. His wines? They speak volumes. The Chardonnays are particularly strong this year at both the Domaine Eden and Mount Eden labels. Patterson told me 2013 a drought year, reminds him of 1984. I will take his word for it, as I was barely a teenager at the time. But tasting the wines, it is clear they are truly special from top to bottom. Although it gets a bit lost in the shuffle, the Old Vines Chardonnay (formerly Wolff), made from Edna Valley fruit, offers superb quality for the money. (AG) Inner quote mark (6/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very youthful, vibrant cherry cake character. Quite cooked in fruit profile but perfectly fresh and bright. Impressive. (RH) Inner quote mark (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Features a lively cherry-and-plum fruitiness, with zesty acidity, floral scents and fine-grained tannins, making for an easy-to-drink and pleasantly complex effort. (JL, Web-2016) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

One of my personal favorite wineries in California is Mount Eden. Their fruit is grown on a truly special vineyard, and the folks behind the scenes couldn't be more dedicated to their craft and to the quality of the wines if they wanted to be. For decades Mount Eden has made some of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon all from the same vineyard--is there another vineyard anywhere in the world that pulls this off?--for supremely reasonable prices. So a few years back I was even more excited when they told me they were going to make a new sister wine called Domaine Eden and bottle all three varietals they have become known for. This took place in about 2007, right around the time that they purchased a second, noncontiguous estate just a few minutes down the road. This old estate was fully planted with some top-notch, mature vines and had a reputation in its own right as the old Cinnabar Estate vineyard. Ten-plus years later the Domaine Eden label has become known at K&L for incredibly serious wines of amazing value; in fact a big secret is that quite often a big amount of the original Mount Eden Estate fruit makes it into these bottlings. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic Wine Buyer)


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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2016 | Send Email
One of my personal favorite wineries in California is Mount Eden. It is a truly special vineyard and the folks behind the scenes couldn’t be more dedicated to their craft and to the quality of the wines if they wanted to be. For decades Mount Eden has made some of the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon all from the same vineyard-is there another vineyard anywhere in the world that pulls this off?-all for supremely reasonable prices. So a few years back I was even more excited when they told me they were going to make a new sister wine called Domaine Eden and bottle all 3 varietals they have become known for. This took place in about 2007, right around the time that they purchased a second, noncontiguous estate just a few minutes down the road. This old estate was fully planted with some top notch, mature vines and had a reputation in its own right as the old Cinnabar Estate Vineyard. 10+ years later the Domaine Eden label has become known at K&L for incredibly serious wines for amazing values, in fact a big secret is that quite often a big amount of the original Mount Eden Estate fruit makes it into these bottlings.
I know saying that the 2013 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir is like a baby Mount Eden Pinot Noir is a bit redundant but I can’t stress enough how much this really shows the savor, complexity and intertwined structure of its bigger brother. In the past the Domaine Eden Pinots have been delicious wines but in certain vintages they have not had a ton in common with their sibling, this is absolutely not the case with the heady and powerful 2013 vintage. Full of foresty aromatics, hints of warm spice and Amaro the nose is the first real tip off that this Pinot is on a whole other level. Dense and a touch compact in its youth, if you give this a touch of air, or a few years of patience, the reward is substantial with Asian plum, wild blackberry, fern frond and new leather flavors all with a subtle underlying tang and long finishing spiciness. This is so good right now and it’s going to be on the upslope for quite some time. I can only imagine how good this will be when it hits its apex in about 4-6 years.

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