2017 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinous Media: 94 Points
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. A rush of floral and spice notes leads into a core of racy purplish fruit. Lavender, sage, mint and a whole range of savory Cabernet aromatics play off the natural richness of the year so well. The 2017 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Domaine Eden plus non-estate vineyards in Los Gatos and Saratoga, along with Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Mount Eden. That blend works so well. I loved it for its power and density. More importantly, the 2017 is a huge overachiever and a screaming value.
Mount Eden Vineyards is a California producer located in the Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA), just south of San Francisco. It specializes in wines produced from Pinot Noirand Chardonnay, as well as small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.
The estate was founded by wine-pioneer Martin Ray in 1943, making Mount Eden one of the first boutique producers in California. Located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, the approximate altitude here of 2000 feet (610m) above sea level creates an ideal microclimate for viticulture. The infertile shale soil type is also well-suited to the Burgundy varieties that are planted here.
In the winery, Mount Eden employs natural yeasts during fermentation. and the wines are aged in a combination of new and old French oak barrels before bottling. In addition to the estate vineyard, Mount Eden also owns Domaine Eden, located on a neighboring mountain overlooking Saratoga.