2019 Pinot Noir, Opening Remarks, combines terroir elements and an elegant winemaking style of John Benedetti (Sante Arcangeli Family Wines) to produce a well-made Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir.
The forest is present in the aromas and palate of this wine: oak forest, exposed madrone, whispering presence of redwood. Earthy notes with summer fruits and creamy textures.
Enjoy aromas and flavors of field flowers, red summer fruits (light raspberry, delicate plum skin), sage, oak, spice box, vanilla bean, and creamy nuts. Linger in the finish with cherry fruit, light oak, tannins, and fresh dryness on the back of the tongue.
Deep and dark, this surprising Pinot has developed a rewardingly complex relationship between fruit and spice. Aged in tight-grained Hungarian oak encouraging the grape’s true nature of subtle cherry, candied plum, and blackberry to shine through.
Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove mingle with the array of rich, ripe fruit flavors, weaving a mystery the next sip might solve.
This wine reveals a pure bouquet of black raspberries, plums, cherries and dried flowers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and supple, with an ample core of fruit, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. This will be a delight to follow for the better part of a decade.
The 2017 growing season was beautiful with ample rain in the winter and just-right temperatures in the spring and summer. The harvest commenced at the very end of August and concluded at the beginning of September, which is early when you look back at 40 years of harvest starts, but now it is the norm. We employ about 30% whole cluster fermentation. These grapes are incorporated into the open-top fermentors along with the destemmed berries. The result is a wine with more energy and nuance and, with age, develops the magic of Pinot Noir’s complexity. The whole cluster additions add weight and intensity, which is the intention. Enticing wild strawberries and plum aromas are full bore. The mouthfeel is linear in intensity with fine tension on the palate with flavors of blackberry, pastille, and lovely plum sorbet. Given our history, expect bottle development for twenty years, and a drinking plateau thereafter.
Our 2020 Rosé is produced from four separate lots of Pinot Noir from our Estate and Domaine Eden vineyard sites. The wine was fermented for four months in stainless steel, transferred to neutral oak, and aged an additional four months before being bottled in May 2021. Dusty pink in tone, this Rosé is expressive with fresh aromas of honeysuckle and summer berries; a touch of anise also emerges from the glass. Crisp with delightful acidity, the flavors run the gamut from wild strawberry to cassis. At Mount Eden, we have only made Rosé a handful of times since our winemaker Jeffrey Patterson started here four decades ago…don’t tell those other Rosés, but he says this one is his favorite.
A new release, allow this wine to breathe and you will be rewarded by dark cherry fruit with a hint of mulberry, vanilla, hazelnut and earthy forest floor - and a soft, velvety mouthfeel that makes this wine truly a sensory experience. It will bottle age beautifully. In addition to our signature silky mouthfeel, it enjoys the balanced acidity and minerality characteristic of our high elevation (at 2600') Santa Cruz Mountains vineyard.
The dark cherry characteristic of our vineyard is balanced by hibiscus floral notes and the spice of vanilla, cardamom and toasty pie crust. Savor the delicious complexity. On the nose: vanilla, sandalwood, floral notes of roses, violets. As is characteristic of our wines, the mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Complex, balanced acidity, minerality and tannic structure typical of our vineyard. This is a delicious Pinot Noir!
With intense aromas of wild raspberry and blackberries jumping out of the glass, our Brook’s block Pinot pulls you in. Leading to a soft palate of cremini mushrooms and mature tannins. This would pair perfectly with a wild mushroom risotto.
Aromas of baked figs and dates, dried rose petal, legumes, and roasted beets with a velvety, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long cafe latte, roasted berries, chocolate silk pie, black licorice, and toffee finish with moderate oak flavor. Refined fruits and endless notes of anise and chocolate make this a memorable Pinot Noir.
2017 Estate Pinot Noir, Special Vineyard Treatment ‘Le Chaud’
Using a special piece of machinery that heat treats specific rows of the vineyard in rapid motion, it decreases the number of mildew sprays and actually increases the phenolics (important flavor contributors) in the grape skins. This results in amplified aromas and black/red fruit characteristics with unusual complexity and layering