Mount Eden Estate

"Few wineries in California create more profound, distinctive wines than Mount Eden. Indeed, if I were to present to a visiting European, say, the wines of just one California winery to demonstrate the originality of California wine, I'd choose Mount Eden Vineyards."

– Matt Kramer, New California Wine

Mount Eden Vineyards is a small, historic wine estate located on a 2000 foot peak in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation, about 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Founded by Martin Ray in 1945, it is recognized as one of the original boutique California Winery properties, focusing on small lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Mount Eden Vineyard has been continuously producing estate bottled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay longer than anyone else in California.

Planted in austere, infertile Franciscan shale on a cool, exposed mountaintop, the 40 acre vineyard is farmed sustainably without any irrigation. It is comprised of 7 acres of Pinot Noir, 20 acres of Chardonnay and 13 acres of Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. In 2007 they purchased the former Cinnabar vineyard on a neighboring mountain top. Planted in 1983, this mature vineyard brought another 12 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as a little Cabernet Sauvignon. They renamed the property Domaine Eden and it has become the primary source for their Domaine Eden wines.

Winemaker and Proprietor Jeffrey Patterson has been making wine at Mount Eden since 1981. With three decades under his belt, he continues with the same goal as when he started: to express this singular vineyard. Fermentation is done with native yeasts, oak influence is kept minimal, and fining and filtering are minimal when used at all.

Few wineries in California have the sort of history that is found at Mount Eden and few wineries in the world can match the level of quality being produced here. This is a unique terroir being overseen by conscientious stewards and these are wines that could not possibly have come from anywhere else in the world. It's as pointless to compare these wines to Burgundy and Bordeaux as it is to compare them to the rest of California; these wines are Mount Eden, pure and simple.

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Mount Eden Edna Valley Chardonnay 2016
91  Jeb Dunnuck 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "This Santa Cruz Mountains-based winery has been making a value-driven Edna Valley Chardonnay since 1985, and this one does not disappoint, Pungent aromas of lemon oil and orange pith are rounded by seared white peach, crushed sand and smoke on the nose, while the zesty palate
Item Number: 33312
Case: $239.40

Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2015
95  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 95 "The 2015 Chardonnay Estate comes all from the estate vineyard and mostly from a block of vines planted in 1990. Aged in 50% new oak, it’s another brilliant Chardonnay from Jeffrey Patterson that has a rich, concentrated, classic style as well as ample honeyed minerality, orchard
Item Number: 32585

Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 “Intense aromas of pine, cedar and incense meet with roasted black plum, deep violet and a hint of lavender on the layered nose of this bottling, which includes 16% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. The woody flavors show on the palate alongside red plums
Item Number: 30322
Case: $443.40

Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2014
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Grapefruit rind, yogurt, sour cream and warm pear show on the nose of this bottling. There is great acidity on the sip, with a mango cream and tropical fruit touch, but those elements coalesce into a rich, roasted-almond-driven palate as the wine breathes." ~ MK  Wine
Item Number: 27970
Case: $299.40

Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2014
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Domaine Eden's 2014 Pinot Noir is a pleasant, easygoing mid-weight wine to drink now and over the next few years. Sweet floral notes, spice, hard candy, herb and dried cherry are all nicely lifted in this pretty, delineated Pinot. This is an especially fragrant, aromatic style for
Item Number: 25805

Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
97  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 97 "One of the finest vintages of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a thrill a minute with its fabulous bouquet of crème de cassis, charcoal embers, spice, and subtle vanilla oak aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full body, an incredibly layered,

Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2015
93  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 93 “The 2015 Pinot Noir from Domaine Eden is very pretty, offering up a youthfully expressive bouquet of red cherries, raspberries, currant leaf and candied peel. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, supple and succulent, without quite the depth, dimension and textural finesse of the

Mount Eden Edna Valley Chardonnay 2015
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90  "Presented with subtlety on the nose, this bottling by the iconic Santa Cruz Mountains winery delivers scents of toasted pine nuts and almonds, tangerine rind and lemon balm. There is racy acidity on the sip, where lemon peel, crisp pear and buttered apple flavors make for a

Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93  'Editors' Choice' "Once again, this more affordable “younger brother” to the Mount Eden bottling competes with gusto. Including 14% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, it shows savory black plum, black pepper, char, leather and dried herb aromas on the

Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "Another gorgeous wine, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge overachiever in its price range. Inky dark red and blue-fleshed fruit, smoke, spices and licorice hit the palate as this exuberant, radiant Cabernet shows off its racy personality. There is more than enough plumpness to

Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2013
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 Editors' Choice WE TOP 100 2016 Rank 9 "While this wine's Mount Eden sister bottling may better stand the test of time, the Domaine Eden is what most people will most like to drink right now, and it's cheaper too. Aromas of dried violets, uncrushed boysenberries and pencil lead

Mount Eden 'Old Vines' Chardonnay 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92  "Mount Eden's 2014 Chardonnay Old Vines, from a site in Edna Valley, is pretty, understated and gracious. Pear, white flowers and sweet spices are all nicely delineated throughout in this super-attractive, mid-weight Chardonnay. Readers will have a hard time finding a better wine

Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Domaine Eden's 2013 Chardonnay is subtle, poised and gracious to the core. Dried pear, dried flowers, sage, mint and chamomile grace the palate in this understated, exquisite Chardonnay. Hints of smoke, slate and dried pear reappear on the super-classic, expressive finish. What a

Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 "This Cab shows intensely pure blueberry fruit alongside cocoa, sandalwood, dried scarlet rosebuds, leather and pencil shavings on the nose. Very savory on the palate with restrained fruit, this offers crushed oregano, marjoram, thyme, black pepper, sea salt, soy and miso

Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2013
95  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 95 "One of the greatest Chardonnays made in California each vintage, this bottling blends riper elements of yellow peach and honey with the tension of tangerine rind and pink-grapefruit pith on the nose. The palate is very energetic and tangy, with orange peels, crushed sea shells

Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2012
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94  Top 100 of 2015 - #16 "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

Mount Eden 'Wolff Vineyard' Chardonnay 2013
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92  "This offers good quality for the price from this historic producer, which heads south to this dry-farmed vineyard planted in 1976. The wine shows lots of lemon scents, from blossoms to peels, along with browned butter, sea salt and smoke. The palate offers singed lime peels,

Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2012
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95  "Spicy, toasty, aromatic oak offers an enticing start, with a fresh, vibrant core of lemon-lime, lemon curd, white peach and stone fruit, that is very tight, dense, focused and persistent. Ends with a juicy Key lime aftertaste. Drink now thru 2029." ~ J.L.  Wine Advocate 93

Mount Eden 'Wolff Vineyard' Chardonnay 2012
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93  WE TOP 100 2014 Rank 17  "Buttered toast, oaky smoke and a slight mango tropicality converge for an epic nose on this Chardonnay from a vineyard that was planted in 1976. There are layers of flavor too, lime citrus at first evolving toward brioche with a butterscotch finish,

Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay 2011
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95WS TOP 100 2014 Rank 11" This stunning wine is deliciously rich and layered, with vibrant flavors of honeydew, honeysuckle, fig and mineral shaded by seductive toasty oak. The flavors build, displaying a deep measure of intensity and persistence. Drink now through 2024. " ~ JL