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 Domaine’s soil, however, is different from the estate’s Franciscan shale. Even though Domaine Eden is a mere mile away “as the crow flies”, the contrast is based on soil type and the unique ability of Pinot Noir clones to reveal these differences. Mount Eden’s estate vineyard is built on shale and rock. The wines there are soil-driven. Domaine Eden’s soils are beautifully textured loam devoid of rocks; wines there are fruit-driven.
The 2014 has yet to be reviewed, but the 2013 received the following:
“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 make for an ethereal nose that seems to hold secrets one must uncover. Precise tannins on the palate offer floral yet savoury flavours of black sesame, nori, violet and mulberry. It’s mellow yet mysterious.”
95 points #9 Wine of the Year, Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2016
“Sporting a deeper ruby colour, the 2013 Pinot Noir bottled under the Domaine Eden label has a terrific bouquet of black currants, dried spices, forest floor and dried herbs/hay. Rich, nicely textured, balanced and polished on the palate, with a great texture, drink this charming, outstanding, polished and layered beauty over the coming 5-7 years. It’s another terrific value from this estate.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2016
“The 2013 Pinot Noir is an attractive wine to drink now and over the next few years. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet red cherries and hard candies give the 2013 its lifted, gracious personality. The inclusion of 10% whole clusters adds to the wine’s aromatic presence and overall brightness.”
90 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2016