(2011 Vintage) #11 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014
For the 2011 vintage of the Estate Chardonnay, the winemaker Jeffrey Patterson decided to let the critics speak about his wine. Antonio Galloni, formerly a critic of the Wine Advocate, now on his own publication Vinous Media wrote:
Mount Eden's 2011 Chardonnay is simply magnificent. Intense and tightly-coiled from the very first taste, the 2011 pulsates with energy, texture and pure class. Bright citrus, lemon oil, flowers and crushed rocks are all vivid in the glass, but it is the wine's exceptional balance that stands out most. The long, vibrant finish is a thing of beauty. In 2011, winemaker Jeffrey Patterson did not make a Reserve, instead all of the juice went into the straight Chardonnay. Readers who want to understand why the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the world's great terroirs for Chardonnay should start here. Quite simply, the 2011Chardonnay is a, reference-point for California.