Mount Eden Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains|
|Brand||Mount Eden Vineyards|
Very complex on the nose, with aromas of mint, toast and lilac, this rich yet elegant wine has flavors on the palate of lemon and hazelnut with marzipan lingering in the lengthy aftertaste.
The 2016 Chardonnay Reserve is the stuff dreams are made of. Towering and statuesque in its pedigree, the Reserve shows why the Santa Cruz Mountains is such a special place. The 2016 is deep, powerful and intense, and yet it remains remarkably finessed as well. Tangerine oil, mint, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all develop with a few hours of aeration. The Reserve is a blend of 11 barrels (all neutral oak) that spends its second winter on its lees in tank, an approach that is common in Burgundy, but that is not often seen in California. All I can say is: Wow!