Saratoga Cuvée Pinot Noir 2006
Release Date: Fall 2008
With the current vogue of California Pinot Noir being concentrated syrup, Mount Eden takes a different approach. Terroir expression, delicacy, varietal purity and ageablity are what we strive for.
2006 is a three vineyard composite from the north (Woodside), middle (Mount Eden) and southern (Santa Cruz) areas of our Santa Cruz Mountain appellation. All of them are cool, low yielding sites with near perfect farming techniques.
Fresh and complex in the nose with blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and baking spices, the flavors on the palate are concentrated and suave echoing the aromas. Evident tannins in the finish suggest many years of development in the bottle.
This wine is a beautiful representation of our great appellation, the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Yield: 3.5 tons per acre
Harvest: September 15th-October 12th
Numbers @ Harvest: 24.1° Brix, 3.6 pH, 6.8 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-2/3rds new; aged 11 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2007; no fining or filtration
89 points Wine Spectator - May 2009
Complex, subdued and savory Pinot scents are intense and focused, yet delicate, with anise-laced raspberry and black cherry, ending with firm, minerally tannins. Drink now through 2013. —JL