#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.
"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."
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
The Wine Advocate