Domaine Eden is a mountaintop wine estate purchased by Mount Eden Vineyards in 2007. It was initially planted with select Mount Eden clones of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, and evolved to include Pinot Noir from various Dijon and California selections. The viticulture at Domaine Eden is approached with the same degree of sustainability and attention to natural patterns as Mount Eden’s estate vineyards. The soils, however, are different from the estate’s Franciscan shale, so even though Domaine Eden is a mere mile away “as the crow flies”, the wines express more varietal fruit with expansive mid-palate flavours than the soil-driven minerality of Mount Eden estate wines.
All Domaine Eden’s Chardonnays are fermented in small barrels and aged for nine months on their lees. The resulting wine is complex, with great aging potential. The 2013 vintage was the third year of an ongoing drought cycle and this Chardonnay shows it in its density of character.
A solid core of youthful citrus, orange blossom and honeysuckle aromas combine with broad, savoury flavours and a long, seamless finish. Still a baby, this 2013 should drink well for another decade.
“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 gorgeous wine this is. Quite simply, the 2013 Domaine Eden Chardonnay is a tremendous wine for the money. In 2013, the blend is approximately 72% declassified Mt. Eden juice and 28% wine from the Domaine Eden estate proper.”
93 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2016
“Extremely refreshing and lovely on the nose, this slightly lower-priced bottling from the Mount Eden team shows nectarine, crisp pluot, cherimoya flesh and the lightest hint of Key-lime zest on the nose. The structure on the sip is intense, with stony crushed-concrete elements and flavours of lime rind, cold Gala apple and gunmetal.”
93 points, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2016
“Heady stone-fruits nose; has power and vividness. Rich and glossy on the palate with peach and cream flavours. Will please many as it pulls off the full-bodied act very well while retaining freshness and clarity.”
90 points, Decanter, May 2016
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