Mount Eden Vineyards is, without question, one of California’s most important and historic winemaking estates. Perched on top of a mountain overlooking Silicon Valley, the spectacular vineyards are situated above the cloud line on shale soils that yield some of the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in the entire state. Originally planted by legendary (not to mention maverick) winemaker Martin Ray back in the 1940s, Mount Eden has been witness to its fair share of joy, disaster and intrigue over the years – so much so that there is a book, Vineyards in the Sky, written about it!
Since 1981 things have settled down on the mountain, after winemaker Jeffrey Patterson and Ellie were left in control following a bitter ownership dispute between the previous shareholders. The last 30+ years of relative calm have enabled the Pattersons to get on with the business of producing some of the most ageworthy wines in California, which is unsurprising considering that their clonal material is some of the oldest and most revered in the state – Mount Eden Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines can be found planted in the best vineyard sites from Sonoma to Santa Barbara.
A Bordeaux blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, the cool coastal vineyard gives this excellent Mount Eden wine a refreshing acidity.