Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

$59.99

One of California's most "ageable" Cabernets comes from Mount Eden's vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This estate-bottled blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, in the main, with Merlot and a soupçon of Cabernet Franc, may be an outlier in the Pinot-dominated Santa Cruz Mountains today, but it comes with quite a pedigree: The vineyard was planted with a selection from pioneering vintner Martin Ray's late 1940s vineyard. That selection of Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings was taken from the La Questa Vineyard, which in turn was grafted in the 1890s to scions from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France. "Mount Eden is one of the United States' great heritage estates," writes Robert Parker (8/2012).                     98 Points Wine & Spirits:  "Open every stop on your cabernet church organ: Pure cassis. Mountain freshness. Baking spice. The pencil lead of Graves in that less-than-overripe varietal character. This is unadulterated cabernet pleasure, three words that have never come together in my mind before. Grown at an elevation of 1,800 feet, 14 miles from the coast, this vineyard traces its heritage back to Chateau Margaux,, where Emmett Rixford selected cuttings for La Questa in the 1890s. Martin Ray propagated cuttings from those vines to plant Mount Eden in the 1940s, replanted in the 1980s with a selection from Ray’s vines. Between the cool site, the exceptional vintage and pedigree of the vines, this is a true California classic.". 

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Ratings on Delectable

Sean Wallner - WSET II Delectable Pro

Eucalyptus, Green Bell Pepper, Dill Pickle, Strawberry and Cherry. Full-bodied with high tannins and a long finish.

Eucalyptus, Green Bell Pepper, Dill Pickle, Strawberry and Cherry. Full-bodied with high tannins and a long finish.

9.4

Donald Patz Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

Very good. There is a tension and focus to these wines that is special.

Very good. There is a tension and focus to these wines that is special.

9.2

Gus Kalaris Delectable Pro

Always great

Always great

9.4

Mark Lindzy Delectable Pro

Dark fruit, herbal/olive/leather savory notes, firm tannins and bright acid. One for the cellar, to be sure.

Dark fruit, herbal/olive/leather savory notes, firm tannins and bright acid. One for the cellar, to be sure.

9.3

M. Ventre Delectable Pro

Was really impressed by this.. One of my wines of the day. Amazing value for top notch Cali cab..

Was really impressed by this.. One of my wines of the day. Amazing value for top notch Cali cab..

9.3

Boxer Briefs Delectable Pro

Truly great wine from a vintage that will get overlooked between, 9, 10 & 12. Green bell pepper, pure fruit, decant for 12 hours and pull the cord.

Truly great wine from a vintage that will get overlooked between, 9, 10 & 12. Green bell pepper, pure fruit, decant for 12 hours and pull the cord.

Dave Parker

Beautiful juice

Beautiful juice

9.4

Stuart Scheff

Too much funk. Just plain lacking. Sorry to be a hater.

Too much funk. Just plain lacking. Sorry to be a hater.

8.6

Mark Helsom

A well made wine...

A well made wine...

9.2

Amanda Thomas

Luscious with some char and dark fruit. Like being under a big velvet blanket on a quiet evening.

Luscious with some char and dark fruit. Like being under a big velvet blanket on a quiet evening.

9.4

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