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Date Printed: 9/25/2016
Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2008
Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 110076)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/25/2016: $55.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#13 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

The full bodied Estate Chardonnay displays fine underlying acidity and a long finish. Hints of cardamom, anise and hazelnut add interest to the core lemon, mineral flavors. Of all Mount Eden's estate-grown wines, the Chardonnay is most in need of further bottle aging at release, requiring an additional two to four years to fully reveal its true character. Many vintages are still fresh and enjoyable after fifteen years, explaining why Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay is considered one of California's longest-lived white wines.

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About 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.