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'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 Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard 2009

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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Pinot Noir 2008

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  • Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard 2009

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    Good for a Chardonnay. Nutty & oak flavors with medium-high alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Outside of the pricey boutique wineries, who do you think consistently produces good wine year-after-year and represents good value? I'm thinking of the "larger" more established wine makers, who try and bring their A-game across the spectrum of their varietals.To me the sign of a good wine maker and overall brand is someone who you can trust ev... Read More

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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Pinot Noir 2008

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    Cherry dominates on nose. Lots of heat on nose and in mouth - not surprising given its 15.0% alcohol percentage. Its balance is surprising, considering its high alcohol. Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83


  • I just finished reading 10 pages of very interesting, insightful and articulate posts about the perceived demise of California Cabernet Sauvignon. There was a lot of data contributing to the perception that California is in the middle of a high alcohol "fruit bomb" era.I'm not going to pretend to be Robert Parker Jr., James Laube or even several... Read More

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  • Tomorrow is the first Monday of 2011 and my article on Burgundy for France Today is due... I also need to work on a 2009 vintage report for Harpers Wine & Spirit.But allow me just to reflect on a marvelous Chateau Eglise Clinet Pomerol 1989 whose plum and spice richness matched a New Year's Day prime rib of beef perfectly. Or how about a delecta... Read More

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  • My latest wine adventure and tasting notesHarvey Wine Night Mark IV Friday 19 November at Georges Restaurant in Waymouth Street In AdelaideThe Beginning02 Roederer Cristal ChampagneThe Cristal was somewhat surprising, in pleasant way.  It was very clean and crisp and did have an overpowering yeast component.  The bead was very fine and the flavo... Read More

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