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2015 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1384302 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Chardonnay Estate comes all from the estate vineyard and mostly from a block of vines planted in 1990. Aged in 50% new oak, it’s another brilliant Chardonnay from Jeffrey Patterson that has a rich, concentrated, classic style as well as ample honeyed minerality, orchard fruits, and hints of brioche and toasted spice. Pure, medium to full-bodied and impeccably balanced, you can enjoy bottles today or cellar for 10-15 years, if you’re so inclined. Inner quote mark (2/2019)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2015 Chardonnay from Mount Eden Vineyards is a lovely bottle, with a bit more ripeness than some recent vintages from Jeffrey Patterson, as it tips the scales at fourteen percent, but it is precise, pure and vibrant on both the nose and palate. At four years of age, the bouquet is really starting to blossom beautifully, offering up scents of pear, hazelnuts, a touch of acacia blossom, complex soil tones, citrus peel, vanillin oak, lavender and a topnote of orange blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very well-balanced, with an excellent core of fruit, lovely mineral drive, bright acids and a long, complex and zesty finish. With its relatively higher octane for Mount Eden, I suspect that this will not be a long distance runner of a vintage for this bottling, but for drinking over the next ten to twelve years, this is going to be a superb drink. Inner quote mark (8/2019)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This classic bottling is still a baby and needs plenty of time to open. When it does, aromas of toasted hazelnuts, light oak, lemon pith and exotic apples show on the nose. The palate combines oak smoke with savory sea salt and sumptuous golden apple fruits. *Cellar Selection* (MK) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Readers will find a gorgeous wine in the 2015 Chardonnay. Open-knit and radiant, with lovely suppleness, the 2015 will also drink well early, which is unusual for this wine. Tropical fruit, hazelnut, honeysuckle and orange peel give the 2015 a decidedly exotic feel. The Mount Eden Chardonnay is typically a bit more tense in style, but the 2015 vintage yielded an unusually accessible and - dare I say - flamboyant version of this wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Deeply hued and very rich, with notes of beeswax and light smoke to the ripe pear, apple and Marcona almond flavors. The vividly structured finish shows lots of mineral and spice components and plenty of vanillin details. (KM) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

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