As one would expect, this Chardonnay exhibits classic Mount Eden Burgundian style with detailed aromas and flavors of citrus fruit, anise, dill and earth. More open in personality than the Estate at the same age, yet with all the length of the flagship.
Vinous 91 points - The 2012 Chardonnay is a beautiful, open-knit wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Hints of orange peel and mint add character to this classy, understated Chardonnay. The style is all about textural softness and polish. The 2012 is about 60% declassified juice from the Mount Eden program and 40% juice from the Domaine Eden property itself.
Wine Spectator 88 points - Shows a greener side of Chardonnay, with pithy green apple, spice and honeysuckle notes, offering a lime-citrus accent that is distinctive and refreshing but tilts toward the tart side. Drink now through 2021. 3,285 cases made.
(Dec 31 2014)
All of the Chardonnay is essentially estate grown at Mount Eden or at Domaine Eden. Prior to bottling we taste through all of our Chardonnay barrels and select for different personalities. The Domaine Eden Chardonnay is highlighted by forward fruit, earlier drinkability and obvious hedonism. The Estate wine is focused more upon reticence, mineral-acid character and long term aging.
|Wine maker notes
|With both the Estate and Domaine Eden Chardonnay, the same principles apply: Barrel fermentation in Burgundy barrels (50% new), natural yeasts and malolactics, aging sur-lie for nine months, no manipulation of the wines and lastly, an obsession to preserve the terroir.