White

2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 63

  • oldwines Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 7, 2020 - In my cellar since release. Decanted an hour before drinking. Bright sparkling dark lemon yellow. Nose has toasty lemon curd and a hint of herbs. Palate has great acidity, bright citrus fruit, cream and some butter on the finish. Great minerality. Very long and chewy. It was really interesting with a creamy dill rubbed Fontal, enhancing the dill flavor in a good way. No sign of any oxidation. Looks and tastes like a 4 year old chard. Really great!

  • msuwright wrote: flawed

    March 4, 2020 - I bought this on the recommendation of a sommelier who said it was drinking well right now, and... I think this is just a flawed bottle. (I bought it direct from the winery about a month ago, but I’ve got enough comments below to make me think this is flawed, perhaps heat damaged.) No number, but here are my comments, for what they’re worth.



    This wine is more intriguing than tasty, but it’s an interesting experiment, I guess (if it hadn’t involved actually spending my own money - definitely). Despite the reputation of this wine’s ability to age, we all have a prime - and this nine-year old Chardonnay has past it. You may enjoy this if you are a fan of the more oxidized approach to Chardonnay (such as Marcassin and Kongsgaard, which offer more nuts and less fruit), but I am not one of them.

    Bright yellow, almost golden in color; full in body with a nuttiness that would be stultifying if not for the zip of acidity at the finish; somewhat muted nose of pear, toasted almond, and caramel apple. Tastes of lemon curd, vanilla bean, baked banana, and dried mango, with a creamy finish that has just enough lift to let you know the wine isn’t dead yet (though, I think, it is dying). 14.5% alcohol. I bought this hoping for a sense of mystery; instead, I got a taste of mortality. Drink now.

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  • Slaz Likes this wine: 95 points

    February 29, 2020 - Terrific energy, acidity, and balance. Tastes at its prime (relative to my prior 7 tastings since 2/2015) and gets better with air. Excellent take on mountain Chardonnay.

  • JCGuthrie wrote: 93 points

    January 26, 2020 - First time drinking this wine. Not as giving on the nose as I might have guessed, but the palate was rich and luxurious. Perhaps lacking a little acidity compared to the best chards, this was nonetheless very enjoyable. A nice pairing with grilled colossal shrimp.

  • cweiner Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 23, 2019 - Absolutely delicious. Subtle, but complex. Hitting on all cylinders.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type White
  • Producer Mount Eden Vineyards
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
  • UPC Code 791066123474

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  • Pending Delivery 6 (1%)
  • In Cellars 606 (52%)
  • Consumed 547 (47%)

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