Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Bottled Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2016

$59.99

96 Points - limited                             Limited new Pinot release from Mount Eden. 95 Points Win Enthusiast: "Brilliantly fresh and snappy black raspberry aromas lead into a savory streak of mulberry-laced pork fat, hickory and tobacco smoke, with a hint of crushed slate on this wine’s fascinating and shape-shifting nose. Peppery spice grips the palate immediately, then splashes fresh red plum and pomegranate flavors around, finishing on white pepper, cracked nutmeg and unrelenting tension." previous vintage 96 Points Robert Parker:  "The Mount Eden Pinot Noir Estate is one of the stars from the appellation, and the vintage. Offering fabulous notes of black cherries, currants, crushed rocks and sous bois, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, building tannin and a killer finish. This is a sensational Pinot Noir that can be enjoyed today, or cellared for a decade or more...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

Charlie Tapp

Bright cherries and eucalyptus.

Bright cherries and eucalyptus.

9.1

Ben LaBolt

Delicious medium bodied, well balanced Pinot.

Delicious medium bodied, well balanced Pinot.

9.1

Wulf Losee

Twice the price and half as interesting as the Krause Vineyard Pinot I tasted yesterday. As far as I can tell their vineyards are only a couple of miles apart, but Mount Eden is at a higher elevation by maybe 1500 feet. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad wine. But the Krause Vineyard is putting out something unique and surprising, while Mount Eden is putting out something that’s predictable by coastal Pinots. Lots of chlorophyll on the nose — Unripe cherries and briars. Just a hint of fruit on the front of the palate, with a light to medium tannic structure. Lots of random high notes at the back of the palate with a very short finish.This is a perfectly drinkable wine but not very interesting.

Twice the price and half as interesting as the Krause Vineyard Pinot I tasted yesterday. As far as I can tell their vineyards are only a couple of miles apart, but Mount Eden is at a higher elevation by maybe 1500 feet. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad wine. But the Krause Vineyard is putting out something unique and surprising, while Mount Eden is putting out something that’s predictable by coastal Pinots. Lots of chlorophyll on the nose — Unripe cherries and briars. Just a hint of fruit on the front of the palate, with a light to medium tannic structure. Lots of random high notes at the back of the palate with a very short finish.This is a perfectly drinkable wine but not very interesting.

8.5

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