Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2014

Tasting Notes

Release Date: Spring 2017

In the throes of a drought, 2014 gave us a lot of headaches. Only fourteen inches of rain fell during the winter; which is the lowest in my thirty-five years of farming on our mountaintop.

What to do? We decided to cut the crop at pruning to survival mode so yields were down as we expected. Fortunately, concentration was up. This was the first time I have ever done this procedure and I was extremely concerned about the precious long-term health of the vineyards: happily, it was a success.

The 2014 has a density and tannin that is bigger than previous Domaine bottlings. Cranberry, raspberry, pomegranate flavors are strong with a touch of bergamot, bay and mint adding to the mix.

For lovers of classically made Pinot, this is a great addition to your cellar.



Tech Notes

Yield: 1.3 tons per acre

Harvest: August 4th-30th

Numbers @ Harvest: 23.4° Brix, 3.50 pH, 7.35 grams acidity

Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-10% new; aged 13 months in barrel

Bottling: October 2015; no fining or filtration

Alcohol: 14%


93 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine - December 2017

This wine’s wild raspberry, mace, composting violets, kola nut and musk hints make for a very pretty but extremely complex nose. Fermented with 30% whole clusters, it’s energetic on the palate, with dark cranberry and sharp raspberry flavors enhanced by allspice and anise. It has a very long finish. —M.K.

93 points Wine & Spirits Magazine - December 2017

Best Buy

Mount Eden bought what was the Cinnabar Winery in 2007 and dedicated the vineyard to chardonnay and pinot noir, renaming it Domaine Eden. Jeffrey Patterson farms the vines without irrigation and makes the wine the same way as his Mount Eden pinot noirs, without adding yeast and with fining or filtration. His 2014 is a beautiful essence of red fruit, singing out with floral notes and lasting through a mouthwatering finish. It’s clean, with an underlying richness to the earthy tannic structure that will sustain the wine as it ages.

91 points - August 24, 2017

The 2014 Pinot Noir is the value priced, entry level wine from winemaker Jeffrey Patterson and it’s more than worth your time and effort. Framboise, ripe black cherries, spice and forest floor notes flow to a medium-bodied, rich, beautifully textured Pinot Noir that’s loaded with charm. This cuvee spent 12 months in 10% new French oak and there 1,680 cases produced.

90 points Antonio Galloni presents Vinous - August 31, 2017

Domaine Eden’s 2014 Pinot Noir is a pleasant, easygoing mid-weight wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet floral notes, spice, hard candy, herb and dried cherry are all nicely lifted in this pretty, delineated Pinot. This is an especially fragrant, aromatic style for the Domaine Eden Pinot.

88 points Wine Spectator - Web Only 2017

Savory, featuring dusty herb, black teas, wild berry and mint notes. Ends medium-long, with fine-grain tannins. Drink now through 2022.–JL