Om Mount Eden Estate Pinot Noir 2014:
Lavet på 100% Pinot Noir fra højtbeliggende marker beplantet med det originale Mount Eden-klon.
Udbyttet er blot under 4 tons pr. hektar, gæret på det naturlige gær, ca. 50% hele drueklaser, lagret 11 måneder i franske egetræsfade (75% nye) og ingen filtrering ved aftapning. Overdådig duft fra glasset med nuancer af bl.a. blomme, asiatiske krydderier, granatæble, appelsinskal og tranebær.
Smagen er intens og vægtløs på samme tid, præget af bl.a. blomme, hindbær, kardemomme og trøffel i den lange bløde eftersmag. Dette er en Californiens mest klassiske og største Pinot Noir, der nemt tager kampen op mod de langt dyrere kollegaer fra Côte de Nuits.
Vi anbefaler dekantering et par timer før servering ved 14-15 grader. Vinen vil udvikle endnu større kompleksitet de næste 15-20 år i kælderen.
95 point - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Wild strawberry and plum mix with subtle yet sultry notes of nutmeg, mace, loam, graphite and game on the nose of this bottling. Sizzling acidity leads the palate, carrying cherry, plum and red apple flavors, followed by layers of eucalyptus and pine forest."
95 point - Jeb Dunnock:
"Seeing one-third whole clusters and 12 months in barrel, the 2014 Pinot Noir Estate has a subtle, nuanced style as well as terrific notes of dried strawberries, red currants, spice-box and forest floor. It’s elegant, seamless and silky on the palate, with fine tannin and impeccable balance. Give it a few years to develop more complexity (although I’d happily drink it today) and it’s going to keep for 10-15+ years."
+93 point - Antonio Galloni, Vinous:
"The 2014 Pinot Noir is a pliant, deep and expressive wine. Sweet red cherry, rose petal, mint and wild flowers gradually reveal themselves, but the wine needs a few years in bottle to shed some of its baby fat and for the tannins to soften. In this vintage, Mount Eden’s Pinot Noir is a wine of real gravitas and power, with perhaps a bit less of the immediate charm other recent vintages have shown."
93 point - Wine & Spirits Magazine:
"Jeffrey Patterson is committed to dry farming his vines, and continued through his third year of drought, when his vineyard received a total of 14 inches of rain for the season. He sustained his vines by limiting their crop, and decided to pick those concentrated grapes starting on August 4th, the earliest harvest in the estate’s history. Yet despite the extremity of the season, the wine feels gracious and refined. It has the cool feel of the air in a coastal forest, mossy and piney, lasting on an earthy savor. The texture is firm and juicy, while the wine isn’t overtly fruity. This should be a fascinating vintage of Mount Eden to watch as it develops over the next decade."
91 point - Decanter:
"Lively nose of coffee, vanilla, vibrant red fruits and rose petals. The palate is concentrated but displays flair, with plenty of grip. Floral, polished and long. Drink 2018-2022."