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2011 Mount Eden - Pinot Noir Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
  • 91 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 54970-2011-750-3A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is deeper, richer and more structured than the Domaine bottling. Its inky purple color is followed by a Pauillac-like nose of lead pencil shavings, blackcurrants, singed cedar and tobacco leaf. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon that has nicely integrated acidity, solid mid-palate depth and firm tannin, all of which should allow it to age gracefully for 15 years or more.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    An elegant, understated style, with subtle black cherry, rhubarb and loamy earth notes. While well-proportioned, this comes up shy on extra facets. Perhaps they will emerge with time. Best from 2014 through 2022. 362 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, candied flowers and Asian spices on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and pure, offering vibrant, spice-accented red and dark berry flavors and a building smoky nuance. At once weighty and lively on the back end, finishing with superb energy and focus and slow-building, fine-grained tannins. I find this sexy pinot very appealing right now but this bottling has a stellar track record for aging.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2013
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards is a small historic wine estate located on a 2000-foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1945, it focuses on small lots of estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted in austere, infertile Franciscan shale on a cool, exposed mountaintop, the low-yielding estate vineyards have produced world class wines for over a half century.

    Since 1981 Jeffrey Patterson has guided the winemaking and grape growing at Mount Eden. His emphasis is on wine growing rather than winemaking, and an obsession with gentleness and naturalness in the handling of the grapes and wines is his ongoing passion.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 11 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors