2009 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir Estate
The Mount Eden 2009 Pinot Noir Estate opens with striking aromatics that lead to an expressive core of sweet red berries, crushed flowers, tobacco and spices. It is an impeccably balanced, refined wine loaded with class. In short, this is an American classic. The wine should be even better in another few years once the aromas flesh out. The Estate was not racked until it was prepared for bottling, which was done with no fining or filtration. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. 93+
Mount Eden is a reference point winery, especially known for fine, ageworthy Chardonnays.
by Antonio Galloni, Issue #196, August 2011
--The Wine Advocate
Bright red. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant, cherry and Asian spices, with a sexy floral quality and slow-building smokiness. Fresh and incisive on the palate, offering tangy red fruit and mineral flavors that gain richness with air. A bitter cherry note comes up on the very long, focused, pure finish. Impessively balanced pinot. 93 points
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June '11
--International Wine Cellar
As I reflect on thirty years of making Pinot Noir at Mount Eden, there is one wine that stands out as old and profound: the 1956 Martin Ray that I tasted in 1998.
Yes, this is a bit of trivia to most, yet it was a revelation to me. The energy, youth and mere deliciousness of that wine told me that Pinot Noir from these vineyards has the stamina to go forty years and be sublime. This is the hallmark of great wine worldwide.
2009 was again a drought year, the third in a row which gave the vines added stress. Harvest conditions were intense - late summer heat combined with the dry soils of the meager rain during winter. Small berries were the norm with consequent concentration in the fermentation tanks. All the fermentations were natural without any added yeasts and the new wines were aged in Burgundy barrels the entire time without movement.
Buoyant aromatics of red berries, rose petals and earth combine with the signature nuances of dill and anise. Lively on the palate with classic Pinot flavors of raspberry, blueberry and herb, there is notable acidity with overall elegance of character give promise for evolution.
Total Production: 743 cases
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