Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay


Tech Notes

Yield: 2.2 tons per acre

Harvest: August 30th-September 7th

Numbers @ Harvest: 23.8 Brix; 3.35 pH; 7.9 grams acidity

Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy 50% new; 50%-1 year; 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; aged 9 months on the lees

Bottling: July 2009; Lightly Filtered

Alcohol: 14%

Tasting Notes

Release Date: Fall 2011

Our Estate Chardonnay is made for the wine cellar. Everything we do from low yields, dry farming, barrel fermentations with aging on the lees is driven by those who age their wines carefully and appreciate the wonder of nuanced, mature and vigorous Chardonnay. This is what has built the reputation worldwide for the Chardonnay grape and why, along with Riesling, it is the dominant white wine in collectors’ cellars.

2008 was another drought year for us. Impactful because we dry farm and never add supplement irrigation, even in a dry year. Overall, the growing season was moderate and the vines were blessed by gentle temperatures throughout.

Now at three years of age the 2008 is settling in and gaining complexity–spicy in the nose with notes of quince, cardamom and wintergreen. Full bodied, dense with penetrating flavors echoing the aromas, this Chardonnay has an alarmingly elegant aftertaste.



1,717 Cases