94 Points - fantastic buy
New Chardonnay release from Mount Eden's Domaine label.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast: "This more affordable cousin to the Mt. Eden brand the Domaine Eden Chardonnay is just as good, though different. It presents dairy aromas of brie cheese rind and yogurt but in a deliciously approachable way, with diced chives, caramelized pear and citronella elements. The palate shows tremendous energy, with lots of lime and lemon pith, but also a sour-cream richness."
93 Points Wine Spectator: "Vibrant and intense, with roasted nut and toasted spice overtones to the plush peach, lemon curd and marmalade notes. Smooth and supple, but there's an elegant thread of acidity weaving in and out, plus a hint of rooibos tea on the finish. Drink now."
The Domaine Eden Chardonnay blend this year was 60% from Mount Eden's estate vines and 40% from Domaine Eden. The grapes were picked by hand and crushed within three hours of harvest, barrel-fermented in Burgundy barrels and aged on the lees for ten months. This wine is icy clean, vibrant and mineral in style with flavors of citrus zest, quince and spring flowers. For lovers of precision and delicacy in the expression of Chardonnay, this is it.
Mount Eden's Edna Valley Chardonnay is one of our best value Chardonnay discoveries - get it before this vintage sells out!
94 Points Robert Parker: "The Mount Eden Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard from Edna Valley is pure, energetic and fresh this vintage. The nose is lovely, loaded with floral perfume and ripe citrus fruits. The palate is silky and expansive with a shimmering mineral character and a long, pure finish. It improved over the two to three days it was open and will benefit from a long decant."
92 Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The Mount Eden Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard is bright, nuanced and so expressive. Lemon peel, tangerine oil, dried flowers, chamomile and orchard fruit accents give it a striking sense of translucence. Bright and sculpted, the 2018 is outright fabulous. This old-vine, low-yielding site produces a Chardonnay of real distinction. Harvest took place in late October."
After many years of drought impacting yields, the historic Wolff Vineyard is back into full swing and once again Mount Eden's Edna Valley bottling bears it's name and the old vine designation.
For those wine drinkers who gravitate toward moderate alcohol, trim, focused, earth-driven flavors and brightness in the finish, this is your kind of wine and it has been awarded one of the "Year's 100 Best Buys" by Wine and Spirits Magazine. Jean-Pierre Wolff farms 55 acres of Chardonnay vines in the bucolic Edna Valley, outside the town of San Luis Obispo. Originally planted in 1976 by Edna Valley wine pioneer Andy Macgregor (Wolff purchased the property from Macgregor in 1999), the vineyard is the oldest in the Edna Valley. We have made Chardonnay from these vines since 1985. These mature vines typically yield two to four tons per acre
95 Points - limited
New release of the Domaine Eden Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains from Mount Eden winery - one of the best buys in Pinot Noir this year.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast **#9 in the Enthusiast 100 of 2016** and an *Editors' Choice*: " While this wine’s Mount Eden sister bottling may better stand the test of time, the Domaine Eden Pinot Noir is what most people will most like to drink right now, and it’s cheaper too. Aromas of dried violets, uncrushed boysenberries and pencil lead make for an ethereal nose that seems to hold secrets one must uncover. Precise tannins on the palate offer floral yet savory flavors of black sesame, nori, violet and mulberry. It’s mellow yet mysterious."
93 Points Robert Parker: "A fabulous introduction to the Domaine Eden Pinot Noir is flat-out beautiful in the way it captures the essence of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the house style. Sweet dark cherries, flowers, mint and herbs caress the palate. There is a purity of fruit that is stunning in its beauty. Partial use of whole clusters (20%) gives the wine much of its fragrance, but ultimately the Domaine Eden bottling is all about class. At $35 it represents one of the very finest buys in Pinot Noir from anywhere, including the hallowed vineyards of Burgundy. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020."
New release of the Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains from Mount Eden winery - one of the best buys in California Cabernet this year.
94 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. A rush of floral and spice notes leads into a core of racy purplish fruit. Lavender, sage, mint and a whole range of savory Cabernet aromatics play off the natural richness of the year so well. The 2017 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Domaine Eden plus non-estate vineyards in Los Gatos and Saratoga, along with Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Mount Eden. That blend works so well. I loved it for it power and density. More important the its a huge overachiever and a screaming value!”
93 Points Wine Enthusiast "Cellar Selection": "Dark and brooding aromas of black plum and elderberry meet with oak, mahogany and loamy soils on the nose of this bottling. The wine is extremely structured on the sip, with elements of chiseled graphite, lava rock and pencil shavings, as well as those dark fruits and spicy woods."