August 16, 2011

2001 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay

Drank a very nice California Chardonnay on Sunday night. Mount Eden Vineyards has a long history of producing top-notch, old-school styled Cabernet, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay from their post in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The Mount Eden Chardonnays are old-school styled Chards, they are often austere when young, but develop into ripe, but crisp Chardonnays over time. They lack the overt oak one often finds in California Chardonnay and tend to drink more like Chardonnays from  Burgundy. This is a good thing. The Chards also age very well, which is not often the case with California Chardonnay which most people drink up (rightly so) at a very young age. This 2001 was quite nice recently along side a shrimp and crab boil on another smoldering Atlanta afternoon. I wish I could say that you could find Mount Eden wines easily around town, but that's just not the case. You'll have to poke around a bit to find some, but it will most likely be worth it. 

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