2016 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1440823 92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2016 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon is a superb and quite classically-styled wine, coming in at fourteen percent octane. This hails from vines planted on the ridge next door to Mount Eden Vineyards, which were originally planted in 1983 (from cuttings taken from Mount Eden) and purchased by Ellie and Jeffrey Patterson in 2007. The cépages for the 2016 is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% of Malbec. The wine is aged in a fifty-fifty split of American and French oak casks, with 10% of each oak renewed each vintage. The wine offers up a superb bouquet of cassis, black cherries, cigar ash, incipient notes of chipotle pepper, dark soil tones, a touch of dried eucalyptus and a refined framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a superb core of fruit, lovely soil signature, ripe, seamless tannins and a long, beautifully balanced young finish. This wine is already starting to show the first touch of velvetiness on the palate, but is still a young wine and deserves further bottle age before starting to drink it in earnest. 92+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This vintage, the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec. Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a very minerally nose of crushed stone, dusty earth, warm red cherries, woodsmoke and savory/herbal hints with notions of charcuterie, warm blackberries, cherries and bitter chocolate. Medium-bodied, it offers great intensity in the mouth with finely grained, ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing long and layered. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The more affordable little sister of Mount Eden, this wine, which is bolstered by 15% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, offers black plum, wet river stones, dusty herbs and wood spice on the nose. The palate focuses on minerality, structure and savory flavors, including subtle lavender and black plum. The structure will last for ages. *Cellar Selection* (MK) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is soft, pliant and fruity, with lovely aromatic nuances that add an attractive upper register to the red cherry and plum fruit. Sweet floral overtones develop with a bit of time in the glass. The 2016 offers tons of fleshiness in the understated, gracious style of the year here. Domaine Eden is a terrific source for highly nuanced wines that convey plenty of Santa Cruz Mountains character at mid-tier prices, all in the same super-classic style found at sister property Mount Eden. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Proper wine! Really nice, ripe but not sweet and simple Cabernet fruit. Lots of layers and integrity. This clearly has a great future and is clearly a Cab with a sense of (California) place. Well-polished tannins. (JG) 17/20 points Inner quote mark (3/2020)


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2021 | Send Email
Yes, you read that right! This might just be the only time you can get your hands on a wine like this for such a modest price point. We hammered out this incredible one-time deal to bring you a hugely discounted price on this utterly delicious and critically acclaimed mountain-grown Cabernet. An iconic producer in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an historic property that played a highly influential role in the wider story of California wine as a whole, Mount Eden needs little to no introduction. Domaine Eden is a sister property that lies on an adjacent mountain ridge just a mile or so south of Mount Eden proper. The vines are largely planted to heritage clones taken from Mount Eden and are farmed in the same fashion, and the wines are all made by the inimitable Jeffrey Patterson. This is absolutely classic Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet. It embraces the wonderfully complex, earthy, savory components of the varietal as much as the big fruit and power. Briary tones, blackberry, damson plum, black raspberry, forest floor, cedar, and pipe tobacco issue forth. Savory spices and leather are in here too. The wine is medium-plus bodied, with nice fine tannins and lovely acidity giving excellent length on the palate. Quite Bordeaux-like with its savory mélange of flavors interwoven with muscular mountain fruit. Phenomenal value for the money and a wine with a beautifully broad drinking window. Enjoy it anytime over the next 15+ years.
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2035

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