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Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vine Reserve 2000

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Mount Eden Vineyards:
The genesis of Mount Eden Vineyards was the arrival of Burgundian winemaker Paul Masson to San Jose, California, in 1878. Masson soon established a vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Mount Eden, where he became a well know bon vivant. Martin Ray, who grew up in the foothills below Mount Eden, became acquainted with the charismatic Frenchman and, shortly after Prohibition... Read more
The genesis of Mount Eden Vineyards was the arrival of Burgundian winemaker Paul Masson to San Jose, California, in 1878. Masson soon established a vineyard and winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Mount Eden, where he became a well know bon vivant. Martin Ray, who grew up in the foothills below Mount Eden, became acquainted with the charismatic Frenchman and, shortly after Prohibition's repeal, purchased Paul Masson's Champagne Company. Notoriety came quickly. At a time when most California wines were blended from various, often inferior, grape varieties, noble grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were virtually unknown. The mercurial Ray began producing 100% varietal table wines, boasting that California could vinify world class wines to rival those of France. In the 1930s, it seemed a ridiculous, foolhardy claim. Wanting to establish his own brand, Ray sold the Paul Masson property in 1943 and, that following year purchased a higher peak to the north, Mount Eden. In 1945 he planted his first vineyard there. The varieties were Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (Cabernet Sauvignon was added in the 1950's), and the mountain became his home. Ray named his wine domain simply "Martin Ray." Read less

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Snooth User: Piotr Swieboda
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12/16/2013

Five glasses



Tasting Notes:

This is the last bottling of the Old Vine. After this harvest the vines were pulled out to be replanted. All goods things come to an end eventually and it was with a heavy heart that this vineyard transcended to the big resort in the sky. A mere nine barrels were produced. This is the swan song of a piece of ground that as produced an incredible number of classic wines, i.e. '68, '70, '73, '74, '85, 90, '97 and now 2000. Big and rich as one would expect with one last gasp of earthy terroir in the nose, the 2000 is sleek and youthful on the palate, with energy in the finish to indicate many years of development ahead.

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218 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork


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