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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2003
Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2003
(search item no. 79017)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lemon meringue, pear and roasted grain aromas lead to mouthfilling flavors of ripe fruit and caramel butterscotch notes. The creamy texture on the palate is supported by a crisp, refreshing mango-citrus character. This is a rich and lively Chardonnay that leaves a lingering impression. -Mike McGrath, Winemaker
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About Villa Mt. Eden:

Villa Mt. Eden is one of the few wineries established around the 1880s that exists today, among the good company of Beringer, Chateau Montelena and Far Niente.

Under former winemaker, Mike McGrath’s, 25 years of leadership, Villa Mt. Eden earned five placements on Wine Spectator’s annual “Top 100” and many best value accolades. Villa Mt. Eden also moved production facilities up the road on the Silverado Trail. In 2009 McGrath’s longtime assistant winemaker Armando de Santiago took the helm as winemaker at Villa Mt. Eden, placing renewed focus on Villa’s enduring mission to showcase distinguished regions and vineyards of California. With his unique background in philosophy and naturopathy, as well as winemaking, Armando is in many ways a natural fit for Villa Mt. Eden. This modern day Renaissance man’s passion for crafting elegant wines with fruit intensity and a focus on place, is ideally suited to guiding this acclaimed winery into its next chapter.