The thing that sets Mount Eden apart from the most Chardonnay producers, outside of Burgundy, is its ageability. It is the singular aspect that separates good from great. The best wines in the world share this one attribute, longevity. Good acidity also creates a wine that is slow to show its qualities; which is why we release late.
This Chardonnay spends ten months in the barrel sur-lie and a full two years in bottle before release. The reticence that it displays early on is encouraging, along with knowing that the richness and complexity will emerge with time. This Chardonnay exhibits fresh acidity, minerality, and leesy complexity.
"The 2015 Chardonnay Estate comes all from the estate vineyard and mostly from a block of vines planted in 1990. Aged in 50% new oak, itís another brilliant Chardonnay from Jeffrey Patterson that has a rich, concentrated, classic style as well as ample honeyed minerality, orchard fruits, and hints of brioche and toasted spice. Pure, medium to full-bodied and impeccably balanced, you can enjoy bottles today or cellar for 10-15 years, if youíre so inclined." -95pts, Jed Dunnuck
"The wine's aromas and flavors of zesty green apples, some dried leaves, wild herbs make it a real wine from where the grapes were grown. Pair its authenticity with a spit-roasted organic chicken over a bed of arugula." -93pts, Wilfred Wong
"Deeply hued and very rich, with notes of beeswax and light smoketo the ripe pear, apple and Marcona almond flavors. The vividlystructured finish shows lots of mineral and spice components and plenty of vanillin detail. Drink now through 2021." -Rated 92, Wine Spectator
"This classic bottling is still a baby and needs plenty of time to open. When it does, aromas of toasted hazelnuts, light oak, lemon pith and exotic apples show on the nose. The palate combines oak smoke with savory sea salt and sumptuous golden apple fruits. Drink 2019Ė2030. Cellar Selection." -Rated 93, Wine Enthusiast
"Readers will find a gorgeous wine in the 2015 Chardonnay. Open-knit and radiant, with lovely suppleness, the 2015 will also drink well early, which is unusual for this wine. Tropical fruit, hazelnut, honeysuckle and orange peel give the 2015 a decidedly exotic feel. The Mount Eden Chardonnay is typically a bit more tense in style, but the 2015 vintage yielded an unusually accessible and - dare I say - flamboyant version of this wine." -Rated 92, Vinous