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2016 Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay (Elsewhere $30) SKU #1459616

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RP 92 WE 92 VN 91
WS 90
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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a truly special deal on one of the finest examples of California Chardonnay you'll find anywhere near this price point! Our long relationship with Jeffrey and Ellie at Mount Eden means that thankfully when they have a few cases they want to move through they often offer them up to us! For the uninitiated, the Domaine Eden label is predominantly from a second property that Mount Eden purchased several years back that sits just below the original estate and was previously Cinnabar Winery. Whilst this estate produces spectacular fruit of its own...this years Domaine Eden Chardonnay is made all the more exciting as is also contains 35% of Mount Eden fruit! No wonder it's so delicious! The wine is filled with crisp orchard fruits, golden delicious apple, peach, and nectarine. Notes of warm bread, roasted chestnuts, and powerful stony minerals add a savory, umami complexity to the pristine fruit. Rarely would you expect to find such layered complexity in a wine of this price point...but then again...rarely would you find this wine at this price point! A couple years in bottle have really helped this wine and I think it's in peak drinking condition as the flavors unfurl beautifully in the glass. The bright acidity and good portion of Mount Eden fruit also leads me to believe it will continue to drink well for another 3-5 years comfortably. Get it while it lasts as this very sharp price.
    Top Value!
  • Adam Winkel
    By: Adam Winkel
    K&L Staff Member
    There has been a parade of great deals on California Chardonnay lately, but this is the wine that I was the most excited to see. It's not the bottle that screams for attention in a flight, but instead it has a rare Old World sensibility in California. The character is feminine and corseted, with a cool precision and length which balances on a needlepoint of acidity. After the wine breathes for a while, the strings start to loosen a little bit and there are echoes of the Mount Eden first wine, which for my money, is the finest estate Chardonnay in North America. But even as the second estate, the Domaine Eden will gain breadth with a few years of cellaring and the demure character will reveal more of its graces. This is a nice introduction to the style for an attractive admission price.


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