Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 2008 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (93BH, 93JG, 93ST, 93WE, 92RP, 91WS). Wine Enthusiast: "A brilliant Pinot Noir, dry and enormously concentrated in mountain cherries, raspberries, strawberries and sweet oak. Completely delicious now, but with the acidity, minerality and balance to evolve over the next six years, at least. " (02/2011)
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2008 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (qty: 2)
A ripe, pure and well-layered nose of primarily red berry fruit aromas that offer excellent breadth from the presence of the pretty floral nuances that introduce supple and well-detailed broad-scaled flavors that possess really lovely detail on the racy, intense and long finish. This stunning and very firm effort needs a few years to soften and completely harmonize. *Outstanding*
The 2008 Mount Eden Estate pinot noir is a very classy bottle that offers up a fine combination of ripe, pure and fairly forward fruit tones and a fine base of soil. This is a very classic 13.5 percent in alcohol and thus avoids any signs of jamminess or inelegance. The bouquet is a classy mélange of red and black cherries, plums, cinnamon, a touch of chocolate, fresh herbs, soil and woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and beautifully balanced, with a lovely, juicy core of fruit, a fine signature of soil and impressive length and grip on the modestly tannic finish. This will drink well right from the outset, but should have no problems aging at least twenty-five to thirty years on its impeccable balance. Fine juice.
Vivid red. Sexy, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry, Asian spices and pungent herbs. Juicy, sharply focused red berry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up a suave candied rose quality. A juicy, precise midweight that finishes with noteworthy clarity and spicy persistence. This will age on its balance. (JR)
A brilliant Pinot Noir, dry and enormously concentrated in mountain cherries, raspberries, strawberries and sweet oak. Completely delicious now, but with the acidity, minerality and balance to evolve over the next six years, at least.
There is not much color to the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (light ruby, faded garnet), but the wonderful sweet cherry, currant and spring floral notes of the aromatics are endearing. With silky tannins, medium to full body, and a lot more flavor than the delicate color suggests, this wine is very approachable and probably best drunk over the next 7-8 years, although it might surprise me and last longer. (RP)
Fragrant, delicate plum and black cherry fruit is pure, focused, complex, elegant and full-bodied. Very Burgundian in its weight and purity. (JL)