Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 1980

Tasting Notes

Release Date: Spring 1983

The hallmark of this wine is its classic balance. The juxtaposition of power and elegance mark this vintage as one of the finest in our history. All of the composite elements, the traditional barrels fermentation in new Sirugue and François Frères barrels, the malolactic fermentation, and the firm acidity harmonize with the intriguing citrus-anise fruit qualities that distinguish Mount Eden Chardonnay year after year.

In tasting his wine with different dishes we have found it to be best place with the main course, such as roast leg of lamb or boiled lobster. Its body and depth of character demand found of equal weight. Although showing beautifully at present, this vintage is an excellent candidate for five to ten years of cellaring.



Tech Notes

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The Underground Wineletter - June/July 1983

Very expensive, but clearly outstanding, the Chardonnays from this property are usually amount California’s best. This is a rich, full wine. Medium yellow gold in color with a deeply perfumed spicy/buttery nose, it is loaded with flavor—spicy, vanilla, lemony/fruit. Yet underlying the obvious richness and impressive length on the palate there is a firm acidity that should allow the wine to age gracefully. 18 Outstanding

Rating Scale for The Underground Wineletter:

18-20 Outstanding

15-17 Very good

12-14 Good

Under 12 Below Average