Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
#11 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
One of the largest Estate Chardonnay harvests on record, following one of the smallest in 2005. 56% of the grapes harvested (102 barrels) were selected for the 2006 Estate Chardonnay. Bright pale yellow in color , with classic Mount Eden aromas of lime, hazelnut and crushed stone. It is developing well on the palate with juicy and tight flavors of ripe citrus, earth and penetrating acidity, which contributes to an energetic and long finish.
Wine Spectator - "Simply delicious, a rich, buttery style, delivering ripe, vivid, delicate peach, pear and honeydew melon fruit that's complex, concentrated and full-bodied. Offers excellent length and depth. Creamy oak adds a touch of smoke and vanilla. The texture is silky. Drink now through 2016."
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium red. Raspberry, smoke and a whiff of peppermint on the nose. Juicy and intense but tightly wound, with a lightly minty quality to the currant flavor. Nicely delicate, lively pinot with a texture that's more Burgundian than New World. Finishes with subtle length and dusty tannins that reach the incisors."
The Wine Advocate - "The light straw/gold-colored 2006 Chardonnay Estate reveals more restrained as well as more noble aromatics of crushed rocks, poached pears, and hints of pineapples, orange rind, and candied citrus. Medium to full-bodied with very good acidity, admirable purity, and a long finish, it is best drunk during its first decade of life some of these Chardonnays can last 20 years or more."
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Mount Eden Vineyards
Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate located on a 2000-foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Founded in 1942 by Martin Ray, their estate vineyards have consistently produced world-class Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon for over a half-century. In addition to their estate wines, they purchase Chardonnay grapes from the mature MacGregor Vineyard in the Edna Valley Appellation outside of San Luis Obispo. View all Mount Eden Vineyards Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.