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Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2014 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California)
Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2014 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California)


 
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Retail Price: $70.00
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Winery: Mount Eden Vineyards
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750 mL

Product Code: MOUNTEDENCHARD14-W

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Notes from the Winemaker:
2014 was a drought year of extreme dimension. As a winegrower, I feared what to expect with only fourteen inches of rain to carry the vines through the long growing season. This was unprecedented in our seventy-year history as a wine estate.

What to do? Protecting the long-term health of the vineyards I've planted and cared for all my life was more important than anything else. So we cut way back at pruning and reduced the crop by 50%.

Harvested in mid-August (the new normal?) the fruit was surprising-- with full acidity and flavor. This Chardonnay has aromas that are penetrating with lemon, hazelnut, and gardenia blossom. It is invigorating on the palate, with flavors of lemon, earth, and pear. Super long on the finish, this predicts a twenty-year life in the bottle.

Total Production: 1,495 Cases

Ratings & Reviews
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"An oil-like shade of yellow in the glass, this is still a baby, showing aromas of walnut, seared lemon, yogurt, white flowers, oak and smoke. The acidity is pure and strong, cutting through the nutty flavors and savory richness. Sea salt, browned butter, Meyer lemon peels and orange marmalade flavors will only grow more cohesive with time." - Matt Kettmann (11/1/2017)

93 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"The 2014 Chardonnay (Santa Cruz Mountains) is a rich, almost viscous wine endowed with palpable intensity in all of its dimensions. Orange peel, apricot, mint, wild flowers and chamomile are all nicely pushed forward. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel, the 2014 possesses quite a bit of structure. Even so, it is the wine's precision and energy that I find most impressive at this stage. I would give the 2014 at least a few years to fully come together, as it is pretty tightly wound, even after a few hours of aeration." - Antonio Galloni (Aug 2017)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"The spicy oak is dominant, giving this a cedary flavor and texture, slowly rolling into a core of pear, melon, fig and apricot notes. Drink now through 2023. 1,495 cases made." – JL (Nov 15, 2017)

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