Edna Valley Chardonnay, Wolff Vineyard 2010
Release Date: Fall 2012
If you like profoundly flavored Chardonnay that is not overripe or over oaked, this is your style.
Edna Valley is right on the Pacific Ocean and its cold waters give this wine its length and acidity by keeping the temperatures cool year round. The vineyard, planted originally in 1976, is old and very low yielding (i.e. one ton per acre). The combined age, cool climate and yield results in a wine worthy of the Mount Eden name.
Subtle aromas of lanolin, mint and lavender give way to apple and citrus notes on the palate with hints of fennel and dried fruits. The 2010 displays equal structure and richness which is the hallmark of this coastal appellation. High-toned acidity provides freshness in the aftertaste.
This is the longest—26 years—continuously farmed, single vineyard bottling from Edna Valley.
Yield: 1.5 tons per acre (92 tons purchased)
Harvest: October 11th-27th
Numbers @ Harvest: 21.5° Brix, 3.3 pH, 8.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: 1/2 French & 1/2 American Oak- new to 5 years; 100% Barrel Fermented; 50% Malolactic; 100% sur-lie
Bottling: June 2011
88 points Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate - August 2012
Mount Eden’s 2010 Chardonnay Wolff Vineyard wraps around the palate with hints of almonds, honey, fennel and dried pears. The Wolff Vineyard, from a site in Edna Valley, is made in a slightly more forward style than the rest of the Domaine/Mount Eden Chardonnays. Slightly burnished notes add complexity on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.