The flagship Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Eden Vineyards is among my favorite Cabernets from California.
Jeffrey Patterson´s winemaking philosophy is very hands-on and traditional.
His wines are made to age.
This 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is in fact a Bordeaux blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 1,5% Cabernet Franc and 1,5% Petit Verdot.
Perfect bottle with a flawless cork.
Deep purple-red. Fresh and lively!
Intense aromas of Dark Berries and Cherries – mostly Black Cherries.
Floral characters plus Eucalypt, Vanilla and traces of Dried Tomatoes.
Powerful, but interesting and complex!
Round flavors of bright fruits as Blueberries, Cherries and Redcurrants with very present acidity!
Medium bodied with long finish with languorous, warm fruits, round tannins and fresh acidity. Youthful and Fruit driven!
Still very young with a strong backbone of vivid acidity and tannins and, due to that, great potential and ageability.
Beautiful texture and midpalate density!
After the Ridge 1981 Monte Bello Tasting yesterday, we stay in the same American Viticultural Area (AVA) – in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains – and take a look at the Estate Chardonnay of Mount Eden Vineyards.
Mount Eden Vineyards farms, besides other varietals, 20 acres of estate chardonnay today, including the six acres that were planted by Californian wine pioneer Martin Ray in the late 1940s and the early 1960s.
Owner and winemaker Jeffrey Patterson understands Mount Eden as a bastion of traditionalism and crafts full-bodied, complex wines with fine acidity and a long finish.
Let´s have a look at our young example of Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay:
Light gold and yellow in the glass. Medium clear.
Fresh Stone- and Citrus Fruits. Apple and Floral characters.
Some Vanilla, Honey and Butter.
Lemon, Lime and Butter with notes of Spices. Nice finish with Citrus, Mineral characters, Oak and Anise. Great!
A very good medium- to full-bodied Chardonnay with the perfect amount of oak. Some might say, that it is a little bit too much. And, no doubt, after five, ten or even more years in the cellar, this wine will gain its full potential!
To me it is very enjoyable in its youth with a great balance of freshness and fruit to oak and buttery flavors.
At Mount Eden Vineyards August, 2012: