Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2012

$59.99

One of the longest continuous estate bottled production Chardonnays in North America! This wine is considered one of the longest-lived white wines produced in California.  Very limited. 95 Wine Spectator #5 Wine Of The Year:  "Spicy, toasty, aromatic oak offers an enticing start, with a fresh, vibrant core of lemon-lime, lemon curd, white peach and stone fruit that is very tight, dense, focused and persistent. Ends with a juicy Key lime aftertaste. Drink now through 2029." Taut and vibrant, the 2012 Chardonnay is one of this winery’s finest. The lifeblood of owners Jeffrey and Ellie Patterson, this tiny winery in Saratoga is one of California’s underappreciated treasures. Mount Eden is a labor of love, producing small amounts of Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay comes from two shy-bearing parcels on the mountaintop, giving a mix of ripe and structured cuvées that spend a year in French oak and undergo full malolactic fermentation. The wines are styled to age for 10 years or longer.

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Ratings on Delectable

Conrad Green Delectable Pro

Zesty and bright. Sharp lemon and zippy middle. Big and brassy and fun

Zesty and bright. Sharp lemon and zippy middle. Big and brassy and fun

9.1

Shay A Delectable Pro

Quite a debate about is this skunky, and if it is, how do you define it. To me, it was definitely a bit sulphuric with some burnt popcorn. Fruit is fairly subdued throughout...more grilled buttered pineapple and cashew. Out of the two, this definitely appeals to the French crowd. Thanks for the intro to this @Benjamin Keator !

Quite a debate about is this skunky, and if it is, how do you define it. To me, it was definitely a bit sulphuric with some burnt popcorn. Fruit is fairly subdued throughout...more grilled buttered pineapple and cashew. Out of the two, this definitely appeals to the French crowd. Thanks for the intro to this @Benjamin Keator !

9.3

J D Delectable Pro

In a class of its own. Good winter sipping.

In a class of its own. Good winter sipping.

9.1

Michael L S Delectable Pro

Dry nicely balanced Chardonnay. Integrated oak and subtle fruit up front. Persistent finish and good acidity along the way.

Dry nicely balanced Chardonnay. Integrated oak and subtle fruit up front. Persistent finish and good acidity along the way.

9.2

Robbie Ward Delectable Pro

Quite restrained but with plenty of power. Oak supports rather than dominates. Beautiful

Quite restrained but with plenty of power. Oak supports rather than dominates. Beautiful

9.1

Matt K Delectable Pro

Just rich enough, tight, pithy, grippy. Good for another 15 years, methinks.

Just rich enough, tight, pithy, grippy. Good for another 15 years, methinks.

9.5

Matt Ryan Delectable Pro

Hospitality Director Big Basin Vineyards

Unreleased MEV Chard. Delicious. Slate, store fruit and the most incredible acidity that carries for 45+ seconds.

Unreleased MEV Chard. Delicious. Slate, store fruit and the most incredible acidity that carries for 45+ seconds.

9.4

Brian Kostreba

I tried it slightly chilled was excellent, then fully chilled it lost some of the flavors I tasted before. A great wine that I held for several years before serving.

I tried it slightly chilled was excellent, then fully chilled it lost some of the flavors I tasted before. A great wine that I held for several years before serving.

9.2

Daniil Karp

Neon yellow in color with bright flavors and high acidity. Topical fruit and pineapple flavors with a grassy green finish.

Neon yellow in color with bright flavors and high acidity. Topical fruit and pineapple flavors with a grassy green finish.

8.9

Mike Evans

Nice body but with good cut, pear, lemon, minerals, good depth with a tart finish.

Nice body but with good cut, pear, lemon, minerals, good depth with a tart finish.

9.2

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