Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2015
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains|
|Brand||Mount Eden Vineyards|
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The full-bodied Estate Chardonnay displays fine underlying acidity and a long finish. Hints of cardamom, anise and hazelnut and interest to the core lemon mineral flavors. Of all of Mount Eden's estate-grown wines, the Chardonnay is most in need of further bottle aging at release, requiring an additional two to four years to fully reveal its true char- acter. Many vintages are still fresh and enjoyable after fifteen years, explaining why Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay is considered one of California's longest-lived white wines.
The 2015 Chardonnay Reserve begins with pleasant touches of gunflint and toast, opening out to gregarious orange blossoms, baked apples and quince with hints of mushroom paste, roasted almonds and cheese rind. The palate is medium to full-bodied and explodes with savory fruits, still with just a touch of that gunflint reductiveness. It has a satiny texture and seamlessly woven freshness, finishing very long, layered and with incredible energy in the mouth. This needs more time in bottle and I expect it will get better over time.
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 2019-2030.
Deeply hued and very rich, with notes of beeswax and light smoke to the ripe pear, apple and Marcona almond flavors. The vividly structured finish shows lots of mineral and spice components and plenty of vanillin details. Drink now through 2021.
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