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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Notes at release: In 2005 many vineyards along the Northern California coast were dealt a hard blow during the flowering period and we were among them. Untimely rains reduced the crop to a historic low, however, the rest of the growing season was fantastic, cool and long--thus the great and small of the wine world. With such a small crop, less than one ton per acre, the ripeness was effortless. Complex orchard fruit aromas of peach-nectarine combine with the more typical lemon-earth-anise profile that is associated with our Estate Chardonnay. Good acidity and total dryness drive the compelling finish. Youthful and vibrant, this wine is drinking well but will be even better in two to ten more years. Barrel aged, sur-lie, for one year and bottled aged for another two, the Estate Chardonnay takes this much time to fill out and develop its personality. This is the most enigmatic wine we make.

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

Member Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
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4.00 5
01/05/2009

A luminous golden straw color to this beautiful wine. A bit smoky with aromas of apricot and sweet bake shop. Maybe wild flowers on a spring day. Medium - full on the palette with crisp acidity. Displaying peach and strawberry with a hint of minerals. Fresh finish that leaves you wanting more.


External Reviews for Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Chardonnay

External Review
Source: The Wine Closet
10/16/2008

The Vineyard #29 on Wine Spectator's TOP 100 WINES of 2007! Jean-Pierre Wolff farms 55 acres of chardonnay vines in the bucolic Edna Valley, outside of San Luis Obispo. Originally planted in 1976, by Edna Valley wine Pioneer Andy Macgregor, this vineyard is one of the oldest in the entire Central Coast of California. We have made chardonnay from these vineyards for the past two decades. The 20+ year-old vines typically yield two to four tons per acre. Wolff purchased the property from Macgregor in 1999. The WineFull lush tropical fruits dominate this wine from the outset. Complex and heady on the palate, it is a premier example of one of the finest chardonnays grown in California's Central Coast area.



Notes at release: In 2005 many vineyards along the Northern California coast were dealt a hard blow during the flowering period and we were among them. Untimely rains reduced the crop to a historic low, however, the rest of the growing season was fantastic, cool and long--thus the great and small of the wine world. With such a small crop, less than one ton per acre, the ripeness was effortless. Complex orchard fruit aromas of peach-nectarine combine with the more typical lemon-earth-anise profile that is associated with our Estate Chardonnay. Good acidity and total dryness drive the compelling finish. Youthful and vibrant, this wine is drinking well but will be even better in two to ten more years. Barrel aged, sur-lie, for one year and bottled aged for another two, the Estate Chardonnay takes this much time to fill out and develop its personality. This is the most enigmatic wine we make.

1239 Cases produced.

Closure: Cork


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