Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains|
|Brand||Mount Eden Vineyards|
The nose on this bottling blends savory depth with floral lightness, combining sandalwood, seared Meyer lemon peels, butterscotch, hot sandstone and flashes of honeysuckle on the nose. Sea salt and nectarine lead toward marshmallow and wood in the finish, wrapped in a structure that's firm but seamless.
The 2016 Chardonnay is a very pretty wine. Tangerine peel, tropical overtones, mint and butter notes give the 2016 a decidedly extroverted feel in terms of its flavor profile, and yet the wine remains a bit compact in its overall feel. In 2016, the fruit was brought in entirely in August, which is historically on the early side. The 2016 will drink nicely with minimal cellaring, although time in bottle should help the mid-palate flesh out a bit more.
Broad-textured, with a minerally core and lively acidity backing the Fuji apple and Asian pear flavors. Lemon meringue accents show midpalate. Drink now through 2023. 1,176 cases made.