Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2011

$55

Limited new Pinot release from Mount Eden. 96 Points Robert Parker:  "The Pinot Noir Estate is an exceptionally elegant wine. Dried cherries, plums, exotic spices, mint and crushed flowers waft from the glass, with plenty of lift from the use of 50% whole clusters. There is a lot of personality here, but readers will need to be very patient while the stems integrate. The 2010 is striking from start to finish. I can’t wait to see how this stunning Pinot ages. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. Mount Eden is one of the United States’ great heritage estates. The Chardonnays and Pinots have a track record for aging spectacularly well...The Pinots are made with anywhere from 20-50% stem inclusion, which can make the wines hard to understand when young. If I am looking for an aged bottle of California Chardonnay or Pinot, Mount Eden is always at or near the top of my list."

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Ratings on Delectable

Bryant Bickel Delectable Pro

So damn good from the balance to the layered spices and tight dark red fruits

So damn good from the balance to the layered spices and tight dark red fruits

9.3

Bryant Bickel Delectable Pro

The balance and finesse on this wine is amazing it's pure light on its feet nature that plays in the mouth

The balance and finesse on this wine is amazing it's pure light on its feet nature that plays in the mouth

9.3

Erica Orr Delectable Pro

Lovely red fruit, black tea, charming with grilled sockeye with pieces of cherrywood in the weber

Lovely red fruit, black tea, charming with grilled sockeye with pieces of cherrywood in the weber

9.4

Erica Orr Delectable Pro

Really lovely

Really lovely

9.6

Micah Pope Delectable Pro

'11 drinking great after about thirty minutes open.

'11 drinking great after about thirty minutes open.

8.6

Jim Stehli

Opened musty and you could smell an earthen cave. But the dark fruit and subtle spice is great.

Opened musty and you could smell an earthen cave. But the dark fruit and subtle spice is great.

9.1

Kit H

Excellent-- long, good core of fruit and stemmy in the best way

Excellent-- long, good core of fruit and stemmy in the best way

8.6

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.