Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

$74.95

One of California's most "ageable" Cabernets comes from Mount Eden's vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As always its on of the most limited Cabs we carry. 97 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "One of the finest vintages of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2014 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a thrill a minute with its fabulous bouquet of crème de cassis, charcoal embers, spice, and subtle vanilla oak aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full body, an incredibly layered, seamless texture, moderate acidity, and present, ripe tannins, it has some upfront charm given its purity of fruit and texture, but deserves 3-4 years of bottle age and is going to keep for two decades. This beauty rivals Ridge’s Monte Bello and is an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in this mountain terroir." 96 Points Decanter: "One of California’s original boutique wineries, Mount Eden Vineyards was founded in 1945 by Paul Masson and Martin Ray. Winemaker Jeffrey Patterson has led this low-yielding estate since 1981, attributing its success to wine-growing, rather than winemaking. Surprisingly the heritage of the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon vines can be traced back to the 1890s, when viticulturist Emmett Rixford obtained cuttings from Château Margaux in Bordeaux. Black fruits nose, with discreet new oak. Surprisingly approachable with a ripe fruit mid-palate. Vibrant, deft and fruity style. The palate has just the right ratio of gloss to structure; a firm core beautifully fleshed out by fruit. Impeccable harmony here." 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   . 

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Ratings on Delectable

Matt Perlman Delectable Pro

Classic cab notes with lively mountain fruit and bright acidity—marred by a bit of TCA unfortunately

Classic cab notes with lively mountain fruit and bright acidity—marred by a bit of TCA unfortunately

8.5

Scott C Delectable Pro

Founder / Co-director SR Wine imports

Stunning !!!!!

Stunning !!!!!

9.5

Steve Medbery

A personal favorite. BlackBerry, plum, pepper. Classic California Cabs

A personal favorite. BlackBerry, plum, pepper. Classic California Cabs

9.4

Ben Christen

Great “Napa” cab. Yum.

Great “Napa” cab. Yum.

9.3

Guillermo Gonzalez

Purple fruit, slight medicinal note, had with bone in rib eye and wedge

Purple fruit, slight medicinal note, had with bone in rib eye and wedge

9.0

Jeff Hasmann

Powerful and concentrated. Wild berries, cassis, and cigar box. Pleasant to drink today, but still young. Great now - give it another 3 - 5 years, it will be exceptional. 2014 vintage on March 28, 2019.

Powerful and concentrated. Wild berries, cassis, and cigar box. Pleasant to drink today, but still young. Great now - give it another 3 - 5 years, it will be exceptional. 2014 vintage on March 28, 2019.

9.2

Carlos Gonzalez

Ridic! So many flavors.

Ridic! So many flavors.

9.6

Martee Rush

Wow a 10??

Wow a 10??

10

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