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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012

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Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012


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The 2012 Estate Chardonnay is very youthful with classic Mount Eden flavors of lemon and hazelnuts. The finish is long and complex which gives high expectation for a 20 plus year life span.
Category White Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains
Brand Mount Eden Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
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Wine SpectatorTop 100: 2015, Rank: 5. Designation Highly Recommended. Spicy, toasty, aromatic oak offers an enticing start, with a fresh, vibrant core of lemon-lime, lemon curd, white peach and stone fruit that is very tight, dense, focused and persistent. Ends with a juicy Key lime aftertaste. Drink now through 2029. 1,986 cases made.

James Laube, October 30, 2015
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Wine EnthusiastSeared yellow grapefruit, white flowers and a hint of almonds make for a fresh but simultaneously nutty nose on this classic bottling from the historic producer, whose grapes come from the top of the high-elevation appellation. The extremely energized palate is enlivened by flavors of salted lemons, a buttery warmth and racy yet rich minerality, from chalk and slate to graphite and flint.

Matt Kettmann, December 1, 2015
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Wine AdvocatePure class, the 2012 Chardonnay Estate (barrel fermented and aged in equal parts new and 1-2 year old barrels) sports a light gold color to go with classic apple blossom, crushed rock, white flowers and vanilla cream-like aromas and flavors. Rich, full and textured on the palate, yet with vibrant acidity, it's clean and classy through the finish, and has impressive depth of fruit and length. It's enjoyable now and I suspect it will evolve nicely as well.

Jeb Dunnuck, October 2015