Domaine Eden Chardonnay - $29.00

Domaine Eden Chardonnay(No rating yet)

After years of too much oak and overripe fruit, its wonderful to see balance returning to CA chards. While there certainly is tropical pineapple, apricot and lots of buttery oak, the body is full and round with just enough acid to hold it together. Has a lovely long finish. This reputable vineyard claims this is the best they have ever made, I think I agree!

Although a drought year, 2012 shaped up to be a great season across all the varieties we grow. A late bud-break led to a long uneventful summer and fall with no significant heat to worry about. A slow, leisurely harvest in late September insured complete ripeness at moderate sugar levels.

This Chardonnay was entirely barrel-fermented and aged on the yeast sediments for added complexity for ten months. All fermentations were not inoculated as is our usual practice. Our motto is "nothing added, nothing taken away."

The grapes for this vintage come from Mount Eden fruit (60%) and Domaine Eden fruit (40%), reflecting a classic expression of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  A pale yellow color, tightly-wound acidity, and moderate ripeness with a dazzling finish, this wine is what I have been aiming for since 2004, when we began selecting barrels of declassified estate chardonnay for our Domaine Eden program. Subtle lemon, hazelnut, herb and earth aromas give way to flavors of citrus, toasty oak and mouthwatering acidity. For those who love Chardonnays which display restraint and finesse, this is for you. The finish is, of course, long and nuanced, giving an expectation for a long evolution in the bottle.

Total Production: 3,285 cases

Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #2 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 3 bottles)

  • Ioppa

    #3 Ioppa

    In the northwest area of Piemonte lies the DOC Colline Novaresi, from where this wine hails. 100% Nebbiolo and 100% stainless steel fermentation. Bright red fruits, watermelon rind, grapefruit with a rustic quality indicative of Nebbiolo. Still a bit of structure that makes this wine a certified winner for the summer. (behind by 31 bottles)

  • Lab Rose

    #4 Lab Rose

    What do we know about Portuguese wine? Not enough apparently! This rose is an excuse to better acquaint yourself with this country. Very feminine aromas of strawberry and pink mulberry. Bubblegum on the palate with the slightest bit of tannin to give this rose structure. Can we say patio pounder??!? (behind by 1 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Obsidian Cab

    Obsidian Cab

    A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.

  • Poseidon Pinot Noir

    Poseidon Pinot Noir

    From vineyards with a view of the bay comes this well balanced, lively and delicious Pinot Noir. A easy drinking, medium-bodied wine showing off some rare and black pepper spiced Hungarian oak to balance the raspberry aromas and flavors.

  • Chateau Deux Rocs

    Chateau Deux Rocs

    A rose of lovely character, with fleshy red fruit and floral aromas. Its intense fruit and tannic backbone will make it the perfect match for spicy Mexican or Thai food.

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.