2014 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay SKU #1319977


RP 96 JD 94 WE 94
VN 93 WS 91
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  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    There are those who believe that this is one of the top three Chardonnays in California--and I'm inclined to agree with them. This is a beautiful Chardonnay, a wine that for a long time has been so dialed in, consistent, structured and faithfully delicious, that it's entirely possible to take it for granted. Aromas initially show a buttery, kettle corn quality, with fruits that after time, begin to emerge. On the palate, the focus, drive and acidity of the fruit really shines, and more than holds up to the discreet barrel notes. This wine has length for days, and though it is delicious now, I'd love to check back in on it six years from now. Kudos to Jeffrey Patterson and crew for continuing to make one of the world's great Chardonnays!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine smells like a delicate crème brulee, and if creamy were an aromatic it would be in this description. On the palate the wine shows its breeding, depth, power, richness yet still has great balance. The flavors are restrained, this is still a young wine, but you can see the source, the saline, mineral driven center of the wine it’s just too young. Good finish with mineral, weight and hints of vanillin, put this in your cellar for 3+ years
    Drink from 2020 to 2025
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    There are not many chardonnays that I recommend decanting, but this is one of them. It's built for the ages. It has drive and bright freshness and a flinty matchstick character that I almost exclusively associate with high end white Burgundy. The weight is super impressive and doesn't come exclusively from oak like so many CA chards but from intensity of fruit and a deft hand in the cellar. It's drinkable now with some time in the decanter, but it's also a wonderful cellar candidate from the legendary estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Mount Eden has always been one of my favorite California producers and this Chardonnay is a great example of why. Jeffrey Patterson is one of the smartest, most experienced winemakers in the state and the Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay is what he does best. There is a toastiness and richness to this wine resulting form the higher percentage of New French oak. That creamier mouthfeel though is counterbalanced by the bright, zippy Santa Cruz Mountains acidity. Another great wine from a phenomenal winery.


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