2015 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1372794 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pinot Noir from Domaine Eden is very pretty, offering up a youthfully expressive bouquet of red cherries, raspberries, currant leaf and candied peel. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, supple and succulent, without quite the depth, dimension and textural finesse of the Mount Eden bottling but nevertheless a very compelling Pinot Noir in its own right. (WK)  (5/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Domaine Eden 2015 Pinot Noir is gorgeous. Bright, fresh and nuanced, with striking aromatic lift, the 2015 hits all the right notes. The bright red cherry and raspberry fruit offers tremendous allure, but it is the wine's balance that is most captivating of all. A dollop of whole clusters (10%) adds nuance without overpowering the wine at all. Most of this fruit is from the Domaine Eden property, with a bit of juice from Mount Eden, plus two non-estate vineyards. Proprietor Jeffrey Patterson was justifiably proud to learn that this wine was served at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is a gorgeous wine. (AG)  (8/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming 80-90% from the Domaine Eden estate, the 2015 Pinot Noir is another rocking wine that should be snatched up by readers. Offering a big blast of red fruits, Christmas spice, and white pepper, it’s medium-bodied, has a seamless texture, and loads of upfront charm. Despite its approachability, it has the balance and class to evolve for a decade or more.  (2/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 Some complexity on the nose of this light-bodied wine. Very gentle, round texture and correct (Martin Ray!) burgundian character. More familiar for a European palate than the Tatomer, for instance. Light, grainy and refreshing. Not concentrated but well balanced. Impressively long. Drink 2018-2023 (JR)  (3/2019)

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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 (%): 14