Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Harvest: August 31th-September 5th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.8 Brix; 3.40 pH; 8.5 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy 50% new; 50%-1 year; 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; aged 9 months on the lees
Bottling: June 2008; Lightly Filtered
Release Date: Fall 2010
2007 was a drought year of historic severity. Sixteen inches fell during the winter – the last time that happened was 1977, thirty years previously. Other than that, it was a great growing season. We still kept our dry-farming philosophy (the only sustainability that works in my world) and the late summer, early fall were textbook mild and sunny.
The style of this vintage is what I have been trying to achieve recently. Reticent in fruit yet buoyant in personality, this Chardonnay has penetrating, compelling aromas unique to Mount Eden – earth, quince, and lime zest. On the palate, the first impression is of solid acidity with the fruit in the background but abundant richness, texture and minerality in the foreground. Overall, an exquisite, teasing tautness completes the picture.
Built to age gracefully, expect improvement through 2012 and a drinking plateau through 2025 with proper cellaring.