#26 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012
Given time to open, there are captivating aromas of yeasty baked bread, lime zest and wild land smells of sage and anise which give pause. Full concentration on the palate without heaviness, the finish echoes the complexity of the aromas.
"At first, this teases, fresh and snappy, displaying lively acidity and zesty citrus, green apple and pear notes. Turns pithy midpalate, but the flavors pour though on the finish, adding mouthwatering touches of light oak and mineral. Should only get better. Drink now through 2025."
"The 2009 Chardonnay Estate is incomparably elegant. Lemon, lime, crushed rocks, spices and mint are some of the many nuances that take shape as the 2009 opens up in the glass. The 2009 is unusually open and approachable for a young Mount Eden Chardonnay, but there is plenty of stuffing for it to age well for many years. The 2009 will be even better in another few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020."
The Wine Advocate
"This broad, rich chardonnay has density to its fruit, the oak integrated into the texture rather than overt in the aroma. Beyond the scent of lemon curd and chamomile, it’s youthfully pungent and raspy, needing time to mellow. (1,974 cases) Mount Eden Vineyards, Sarato"
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