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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 1985

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

Tasting Notes:

Tasting Notes at Release: By now the excellence of the '85 vintage in California is well known. The growing season was long and cool, ideal for full flavor development of Chardonnay. At harvest moderate temperatures continued which allowed us to obtain maximum maturity through selective pickings of our small mountain vineyards. The '85 Estate Chardonnay is a very concentrated wine with a youthful vitality that promises great development in the bottle. Produced in our usual manner of new Burgundy barrel fermentation and complete malolactic conversions, the wine displays the typical lemon-anise flavors that his Chardonnay is known for. The combination of its strength, flavor and firm acidity bodes well of a least 5 to 7 years of cellaring.

540 cases produced.


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