2015 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1399748 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I always love this Chardonnay from winemaker Jeffrey Patterson. The 2015 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains comes from an estate just south of Mount Eden that was purchased by Jeffrey in 2007. This wine is always a mix of both estates (Domaine Eden and Mount Eden) and also gets a touch of purchased fruit. The 2015 has wonderful freshness and purity, with vibrant white flowers and caramelized citrus, medium body, lots of salinity, and a pure, clean, age-worthy style. It can be drunk any time over the coming decade or more.  (2/2019)

92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Chardonnay is a gorgeous, pedigreed wine that captures all the brilliance and pedigree of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Weightless and gracious in the glass, with lovely aromatic lift and tons of energy, the Domaine Eden Chardonnay is pure class. Citrus, floral, almond and mineral nuances add further shades of nuance. Even more importantly, the 2015 is wonderfully fresh and vibrant, which will allow it to age gracefully for years to come. The Domaine Eden Chardonnay is 65% declassified Mount Eden Chardonnay and 35% fruit from the Domaine Eden property itself. (AG)  (8/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Like its bigger Mount Eden sister, this more affordable, usually more immediately accessible bottling needs time to open up. With patience, aromas of honeysuckle, oak and nuts provide a savory impression. The palate combines grapefruit pith and Meyer lemon rinds with savory salt and nuts. (MK)  (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Barrel fermented and aged in a mix of French and American oak (30% new), the 2012 Chardonnay Estate -- released under the Domaine Eden label -- was a little reductive on this occasion, but opened up to show plenty of ripe orchard fruits, honeysuckle, peach and white flowers notes with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, beautifully textured, rounded, and supple with lots of Chardonnay depth and richness, it's upfront and ready to go now, but should drink nicely for 3-4 years at the least. (JD)  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Deep greenish straw. Good firm impact on the palate. Lots of interest and clearly made for the long term. Very long. Very distinctive in a California context and *Quite Good Value*. Drink 2018-2024. (JR)  (3/2019)

Wine Spectator

 Well-structured, offering chamomile accents to the green apple and white peach flavors. The spicy finish is long and crisp, with some sugar pea notes. Drink now through 2020. (KM)  (10/2018)

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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 (%): 14.5