Yield: 3.0 tons per acre
Harvest: August 26th – September 11th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.7° Brix, 3.35 pH, 7.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-35% new; aged 10 months in barrel, sur-lie; 100% malolactic fermentation
Bottling: July 2014
Release Date: Spring 2016
Mount Eden’s goal is to create wines every year that reflect the specific vintage. It starts with our high altitude vineyards which are farmed to a extraordinary level of vine stress (no irrigation, no fertilizer and totally hand-worked) emphasizing small yields from each individual block. The winemaking is designed to be in the background so as to let the terroir speak and the growing season express.
All of our Chardonnays are fermented in small barrels and aged for nine months on their lees. The complexity and ageability that results is our goal.
2013 was the third year of the current drought cycle and this Chardonnay shows it in its density of character. A solid core of youthful citrus, orange blossom and honeysuckle aromas, combine with flavors that are broad, savory and multilayered with a seamless, long finish. Still a baby, this 2013 should drink well for another decade. This wine is composed of 72% Mount Eden estate fruit and 28% Domaine Eden fruit.