The had the pleasure to taste the newly released 2016 Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay. 2016 looks to be another blockbuster. The Mount Eden Estate Chardonnay is and has been one of the greatest Chardonnays made in California since the inaugural vintage of 1972. The 1990 version of this wine is my favorite California Chardonnay to date, and it was quite reminiscent of a great Corton Charlemagne from France. 2016 should follow this glorious lineage. 2016 was a drought vintage in California, and the yield this vintage was only about 1.5 tons an acre. The Mount Eden vineyards are all sustainably farmed; thus, the resulting berries were small with thick skins and very concentrated. After a light pressing, the free-run juice goes into barrels where primary and secondary fermentation happens. The wine is left on the healthy lees for ten months then bottled.
This vintage has an old-world feel, with aromas of honeysuckle, stone fruits, citrus, and earthy notes. The palate is deep and tightly wound with incredible depth, acidity, and energy. Citrus and minerality flavors dominate the palate with lingering notes of saline on the finish. This Chardonnay needs a year or two in the cellar but should age effortlessly for a decade or more just like the great 1973,1976,1982,1984, and 1987 vintages have. A fantastic effort that would be enjoyed by the domestic wine lover as well as the Franco file!