Yield: 2.1 Tons/acre
Harvest: September 11th-19th
Numbers @ Harvest: 24.4 Brix, 3.55 pH, 5.9 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: 50% new; 50% 1-year French Burgundy; 100% barrel fermented with full malolactic; Sur lie aging
Bottling: July 2004
Release Date: Spring 2007
2003 is yet another great vintage in an incredible lineage of Chardonnay from this historic estate. Like a good Burgundy, Mount Eden’s Estate Chardonnay is always backward in its youth. Because of this we release late to allow the acidity to tame and the flavors to evolve. After two and a half years in the bottle this 2003 is ready to be presented to you.
Classic hazelnut, citrus and toast confront the nose. Vibrant full throttle flavors of quince, lemon, mint and palate-coating minerality which build slowly as the wine is aerated. Drinkable now, this wine will be a pleasure to drink for the next ten years, possibly longer.