|It’s a question that has been asked many times: is Mount Eden the best site in California for growing grapes? The debate goes on but we agree that there are very few places that can make chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet at such a high level, and the quality seems to improve with each passing year. The amazing thing here, aside from the quality of the wines from this historic estate, is that the price has stayed consistently low, where many wines of similar status are now beyond reach to the average consumer. Founded in 1945, Mount Eden Vineyards is located atop a 600 metre peak amidst California’s Santa Cruz Mountain range, with quite possibly the perfect collision of elevation, temperature, proximity to the ocean, eastern exposure of vineyards, absence of fog and sufficient winter rainfall, combining to allow for a slow, measured ripening of grapes with magnificent concentration. Down-to-earth winemaker Jeffrey Patterson, who joined Mount Eden in 1981 brings intense character and pure terroir to his wines. It’s well worth getting acquainted with them.
2014 Mount Eden Edna Valley Old Vine Chardonnay – California $39.95 this weekend only $32.95
Due to the ongoing drought here in California we needed to supplement the fruit we receive from the Wolff Vineyard. We were lucky enough to procure additional fruit from Paragon Vineyard planted in 1974 and Stoller Vineyard established in 1976. With these additions we made an “Old Vines” Chardonnay from some of the very first vineyards planted in the Edna valley. The harvest occurred entirely in the month of September, early for this cool, coastal valley. In our traditional fashion this wine is entirely barrel fermented and aged sur-lie for ten months. The blend turned out beautiful. Youthful aromas of lemon and mint with toasty oak are engaging. Precise flavors, reflecting perfect numbers at harvest, are complex and reveal Edna Valley at its best. – Jeffrey Patterson, winemaker
90 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – More tropical than the Santa Cruz Mountains release, with notes of pineapple, cream corn, white flowers and mint, the 2014 Edna Valley Chardonnay is medium-bodied, supple, pure and polished on the palate, with gorgeous fruit. I don’t think it will make old bones, but it’s a beautiful wine that will drink nicely for 3-4 years. (JD) (10/2016)
2014 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir – Santa Cruz, California $59.95
this weekend only $49.95
This is always a favourite with our customers and at $49.95 its pretty hard to beat. This has the soft, rich fruit you expect in a top California Pinot Noir, but it also delivers the structure you get from great Burgundy. The best part is you can drink it now or hang on to it for for a few years and watch it get even better.
Lovely spicy, intense aromas that are unmistakably Pinot Noir—deep complex, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry—combine with oak and an earth-born nuance. Flavors are deep across on the palate, echoing the complexity of the aromas. – Jeffrey Patterson, winemaker
91 points Jeb Dunnuck – The 2014 Pinot Noir is the value priced, entry level wine from winemaker Jeffrey Patterson and it’s more than worth your time and effort. Framboise, ripe black cherries, spice and forest floor notes flow to a medium-bodied, rich, beautifully textured Pinot Noir that’s loaded with charm. This cuvee spent 12 months in 10% new French oak and there 1,680 cases produced. While considered the second wine of Mount Eden, Domaine Eden is actually its own estate located just to the south of Mount Eden. Made by Jeffrey Patterson, the wines are a mix of declassified Mount Eden fruit as well as estate fruit, and are made similarly to the more expensive Mount Eden releases. They represent terrific values, and if you want to understand Santa Cruz Mountains, and the style of Mount Eden, this is a great place to start. (8/2017)