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Mount Eden Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017

White Wine from USA - California
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Edna Valley benefits from the cooling impact of the nearby Pacific Ocean leading to a longer growing season for the grapes. This has led to a richly flavoured wine of intense peach and baked apple that still has great balance and vibrancy.
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Code: US9131

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2023
  • 14% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Cork, natural

Mount Eden

One of California's original boutique wineries, founded in 1945 by vintner Martin Ray, Mount Eden is perched 2,000 feet above Silicon Valley in the Santa Cruz Mountains, situated near the world renowned Ridge estate.

The 40-acre estate has spent the last 73 years focusing on small parcels of exceptional-quality fruit from vineyards planted from French cuttings brought to California by Paul Masson and cabernet sauvignon specifically selected from the historic La Questa vineyard in Woodside.

The vines grow some 15 miles from the Californian coast on infertile Franciscan shale and sit in the cool but sunny heights above the fog line, and as well as the cabernet sauvignon they grow cabernet franc, chardonnay, pinot noir and merlot, all with naturally low yields.

The growing season here is long, allowing for a slow ripening that provides for great intensity of flavour and colour. Jeffrey Patterson has been head winemaker here since 1982, overseeing the beautiful vineyards as well as the gentle, non-interventionist winemaking of a range that has earned Mount Eden may plaudits.

Mount Eden have never followed polarising trends: while many neighbours have graced the limelight, they have stayed true to their philosophy of making complex, graceful and terroir-specific wines. Combined with a thriving direct wine-club business that has supported it for generations, this means it has flown under the radar in some circles and isn't seen very often in the UK.

California Vintage 2017

2017 gave winemakers the headache of a very hot end of the growing season followed by damaging fires that affected a small part of the harvest. And all this after a wet winter and perfect start to the summer had given rise to great optimism. Winemakers tried to contain sugar levels and harvested grapes like pinot noir earlier, before shrivelling and overripeness marred their potential. The later ripening cabernet benefited from relieving rains and cooler temperatures late on. To cap it all the fires came at the end of the harvest, though many areas had brought in most of their grapes by then. Napa and Sonoma had harvested 90% of their fruit and Mendocino 75%. The fires, as well as their direct damage to communities and forests, created smoke that tainted some fruit not yet harvested. It also cut power to many wineries, causing even more head and heartache to winemakers.

Thankfully, the untainted grapes that were harvested were of outstanding quality and the wines live up to the fruit, ...
2017 gave winemakers the headache of a very hot end of the growing season followed by damaging fires that affected a small part of the harvest. And all this after a wet winter and perfect start to the summer had given rise to great optimism. Winemakers tried to contain sugar levels and harvested grapes like pinot noir earlier, before shrivelling and overripeness marred their potential. The later ripening cabernet benefited from relieving rains and cooler temperatures late on. To cap it all the fires came at the end of the harvest, though many areas had brought in most of their grapes by then. Napa and Sonoma had harvested 90% of their fruit and Mendocino 75%. The fires, as well as their direct damage to communities and forests, created smoke that tainted some fruit not yet harvested. It also cut power to many wineries, causing even more head and heartache to winemakers.

Thankfully, the untainted grapes that were harvested were of outstanding quality and the wines live up to the fruit, both red and white.
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