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2016 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30)

SKU #1459616 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 'I want this to be an appellation wine,' Jeffrey Patterson says. 'This is a blend of all the Chardonnay we grow at Domaine Eden plus some declassified fruit from our Mount Eden estate, about 35% this vintage.' The 2016 Chardonnay Estate features aromas of acacia, honeyed apples, wet stone, white peach and lemon pith with notions of cheese rind and straw. Medium-bodied, it's very lively in the mouth with savory fruits, juicy acidity and a long, energetic and lightly textured finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This little sister to the Mount Eden wines needs a bit of time to breathe through its reductive phase upon opening, allowing the flinty oak-kissed aromas of yogurt and dried lemon peel to emerge. There is tremendous tension to the palate, with lime pith and walnut flavors riding a damp oak element into the finish. (MK) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Domaine Eden's 2016 Chardonnay is an enticing wine with a terrific balance of energy and also layers of depth. Tangerine, lemon confit, almond, dried herbs and tropical overtones give the 2016 a lot of character. In the glass, the 2016 is a bit wild and unruly, yet it is also full of character. The 2016 need time to settle down, but it is very pretty. The Domaine Eden Chardonnay is roughly 2/3rds from the Domaine Eden property, and 1/3rd barrels culled out from Mount Eden. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This offers an airy texture and flavors of angel food cake flanked by zesty lemon-lime notes and crisp acidity. Toasty accents show on the finish. (KM) Inner quote mark (10/2019)


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2020 | Send Email
This is a truly special deal on one of the finest examples of California Chardonnay you'll find anywhere near this price point! Our long relationship with Jeffrey and Ellie at Mount Eden means that thankfully when they have a few cases they want to move through they often offer them up to us! For the uninitiated, the Domaine Eden label is predominantly from a second property that Mount Eden purchased several years back that sits just below the original estate and was previously Cinnabar Winery. Whilst this estate produces spectacular fruit of its own...this years Domaine Eden Chardonnay is made all the more exciting as is also contains 35% of Mount Eden fruit! No wonder it's so delicious! The wine is filled with crisp orchard fruits, golden delicious apple, peach, and nectarine. Notes of warm bread, roasted chestnuts, and powerful stony minerals add a savory, umami complexity to the pristine fruit. Rarely would you expect to find such layered complexity in a wine of this price point...but then again...rarely would you find this wine at this price point! A couple years in bottle have really helped this wine and I think it's in peak drinking condition as the flavors unfurl beautifully in the glass. The bright acidity and good portion of Mount Eden fruit also leads me to believe it will continue to drink well for another 3-5 years comfortably. Get it while it lasts as this very sharp price.
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By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2020 | Send Email
There has been a parade of great deals on California Chardonnay lately, but this is the wine that I was the most excited to see. It's not the bottle that screams for attention in a flight, but instead it has a rare Old World sensibility in California. The character is feminine and corseted, with a cool precision and length which balances on a needlepoint of acidity. After the wine breathes for a while, the strings start to loosen a little bit and there are echoes of the Mount Eden first wine, which for my money, is the finest estate Chardonnay in North America. But even as the second estate, the Domaine Eden will gain breadth with a few years of cellaring and the demure character will reveal more of its graces. This is a nice introduction to the style for an attractive admission price.

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