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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 1991

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: A successful flowering resulted in a crop that was at least on the scale, albeit at the bottom (1.5 tons per acre). In addition, 1991 was a late year with a cool, sporadic summer that lingered on into the harvest months. Around the state winemakers gave a sign of relief as the harvest finished up with great quality in the barrels and no rain. While still a youngster, the '91 delivers great concentration and breed. Baked bread, toast, and gardenia blossom give interest to our signature flavors of lemon and anise. Expect improvement in the bottle for another 2-3 years and an excellent drinking plateau for a decade beyond.

1653 Cases produced.


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