Mount Eden has a long and glorious history. Originally planted by a man named Martin Ray, many of the original Mount Eden Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are some of the best renditions California has ever produced! Flash-forward to the present, and the wines are just as good as they always were, and in addition to their estate wines, they produce a second wine called Domaine Eden. Sourced from well-maintained vineyards not far from their estate, Domaine Eden utilizes the same exacting methods used for their estate wines: natural indigenous fermentations (both primary and secondary), oak aging, no fining, filtration or any other manipulation. The soils at Domaine Eden 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 flavors than the soil-driven minerality of Mount Eden estate wines.
This Cabernet is classic in style, showing similar to Ridge, Chateau Montelena, Jordan and Heitz Cellars. This Cabernet showed remarkably well at a recent Cabernet tasting at our wine bar, and it has garnered a wonderful 94-point score from critic Antonio Galloni!
ANTONIO GALLONI 94 POINTS - "The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine to focus on in this range in 2018. Dark and brooding, the 2018 is such a classic Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet. It offers up copious black fruit, dried herbs, chocolate, lavender and underbrush, all in a super-classic, mid-weight style that is hugely appealing. This might very well be the best value in artisan, high-end California Cabernet."