Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2012
Release Date: Fall 2015
The growing season in 2012 was as good as one could hope for as a winegrower. Lingering winter weather pushed the bud break into April—similar to 2010 and 2011. The all-important flowering occurred under perfect conditions and the crop was abundant. Harvest was late and leisurely, giving the wines great balance, depth and length.
Complex soil driven aromas of mint, sage and hazelnut are very inviting. Elegance—and by that meaning power with grace—is what comes through on the palate. Flavors combine essence of lemon, green apple and honeysuckle leading to an expansive finish.
Built to last—with good cellaring, expect further development for another three years and a drinking plateau of twenty.
Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Harvest: September 14th-18th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.30 pH, 8.1 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Oak 50% new, 50% 1-2 years; 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; 10 months on the lees
Bottling: August 2013
96 points Decanter - September 2016
Jeffrey Patterson has been making vivid, intense, ageworthy wines from this vineyard since 1981 and it consistently produces fantastic, Burgundian-Style Chardonnays. Barrel-fermented, aged in 50% new French oak, on the lees, the 2012 is striking and very classy, with aromas of lemon oil, deep mineral notes, and an amazingly long finish. Domaine Eden Chardonnay, the second wine, is a true bargain. Drink 2016-2026.
95+ points Antonio Galloni presents Vinous - July 2015
An utterly enticing, striking wine, the 2012 Chardonnay is captivating from the very first taste. Lemon oil, white flowers and mint are some of the signatures. The 2012 remains subtle and hushed in the glass, with striking interplay of fruit, acidity and bright saline notes. Above all else, the 2012 speaks to pure class. Once again, Mount Eden’s Chardonnay stakes its claim as one of this country’s oenological jewels. The 2012 appears to have a very bright future. Readers who can find it should not hesitate to pick it up. Drink 2015-2027
95 points Wine Spectator - December 2015
#5 Top 100 Wines of 2015-December 2015
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.—J.L.
94 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine - December 2015
Seared 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.—M.K.
93 points Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate - October 2015
Pure 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