Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Item No. 131883
  • red wine
  • V94
  • ST93
  • W&S91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WS88
  • ST85

Winemaker's Notes

Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a Bordeaux-style blend of approximately 75% Cabernet, 22% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, although the cepage varies by vintage. This high mountain, cool coastal vineyard is an unusual site for California Cabernet Sauvignon, reflecting its refreshing acidity and moderate alcohol. Fine integrated tannins buttress characteristic flavors of red currant, blackberry and earth. Recommended cellaring is ten to fifteen years.

Critical Acclaim

"Dark red fruit, menthol, spices, licorice and plums meld together in the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, layered and textured, the Cabernet Sauvignon has plenty of vintage 2009 juiciness, but firm, well-integrated tannins provide a gorgeous backbone of structure. The style is bold, juicy and direct, much of that shaped by a period of warmth at the end of the growing season. This is an unusually flashy wine from Mount Eden, but it works. Over the last few years in particular, the Cabernet Sauvignon has been the hidden gem in the Mount Eden lineup."
94 Points

"Deep ruby. Powerful, smoke-accented cherry and blackcurrant aromas are energized by zesty minerals, picking up pipe tobacco, cedar and dried rose nuances with air. Fleshy and broad but focused too, offering intense dark berry flavors and a suggestion of bitter chocolate. A sweet vanilla quality rounds out the impressively persistent finish, which shows superb clarity and solid but well-knit tannins."
93 Points

"A plump, black-fruited vintage of Mount Eden, this wine is showing its oak influence in toast and smoky elements, mingling with scents of tobacco, cedar and eucalyptus. There’s a sense of small berried grapes providing a lot of dark fruit skin character, needing ten year or more in the cellar to evolve."
91 Points

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Style: Big & Bold
Pair with: the best dinner you can imagine
Simply Brilliant! Dark, saturated garnet color but not "inky", medium-to-full body, leggy. Nose is smallish at first but opens up a lot with air and time, 90 minutes is about right (or decant to aerate); clean Cab. varietal aromas with a bit of oak,then "sweet" with dark berries, licorice. The nose is complex, deep and eventually pretty nice sized. The flavors are big, mouth-filling and long; good fruit, plenty of acid to balance and enough tannin to age for quite a while (though drinkable now) a hint more alcohol than perfection but this comes close. The BEST big Cab I've had in a while and I've been tasting quite a few lately. This will be more drinkable by 2019 and will really hit its stride from about 2024 and for many years after! It exemplifies what Chaine D'Or wines can be, somewhere Martin Ray is beaming! On a hundred scale this is a ninety-nine; try some if you can afford it.
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Learn About Mount Eden Vineyards Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Santa Cruz Mountains

The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation encompasses the land between Half Moon Bay in the north and Mount Madonna (just near Monterey) in the south. Producing wine since the early 1800's, some of these wineries have been around for quite some time, mingling their vineyard lands with the sprawling redwood forests. Notable Facts Even though the climate can be challenging, and only 1500...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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