Domaineeden chardonnay

Chardonnay 2012

Domaine Eden

The grapes for this vintage come from Mount Eden fruit (60%) and Domaine Eden fruit (40%), reflecting a classic expression of the Santa Cruz Mountains. A pale yellow color, tightly-wound acidity, and moderate ripeness with a dazzling finish, this wine is what I have been aiming for since 2004, when we began selecting barrels of declassified estate chardonnay for our Domaine Eden program. Subtle lemon, hazelnut, herb and earth aromas give way to flavors of citrus, toasty oak and mouthwatering acidity. For those who love Chardonnays which display restraint and finesse, this is for you. The finish is, of course, long and nuanced, giving an expectation for a long evolution in the bottle.

Country:
USA
Region:
San Mateo County
Appellation/ava:
Santa Cruz Mountains
Vintage:
2012
Wine type:
White
Grape:
100% Chardonnay
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
94

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Aging:
30% new French oak (10 months sur lie)
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Viticulture:
Traditional
Estate:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
14
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
3285

Reviews

  • "94 points. This more affordable cousin to the Mount Eden brand is just as good, though different. It presents dairy aromas of brie cheese rind and yogurt but in a deliciously approachable way, with diced chives, caramelized pear and citronella elements. The palate shows tremendous energy, with lots of lime and lemon pith, but also a sour-cream richness." (Wine Enthusiast)
  • "91 points. The 2012 Chardonnay is a beautiful, open-knit wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Hints of orange peel and mint add character to this classy, understated Chardonnay. The style is all about textural softness and polish. The 2012 is about 60% declassified juice from the Mount Eden program and 40% juice from the Domaine Eden property itself." (vinous)

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