Mount Eden Vine­yards, Santa Cruz Moun­tains

Decanter - - CALIFORNIAN CABERNET 2014 -

De­canter av­er­age score: 96/100pts In­di­vid­ual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 96 Alex Hunt MW 97 Ste­fan Neu­mann MS 95 N/A UK www.mount­e­den.com One of Cal­i­for­nia’s orig­i­nal bou­tique winer­ies, Mount Eden Vine­yards was founded in 1945 by Paul Mas­son and Martin Ray. Winemaker Jef­frey Patterson has led this low-yield­ing es­tate since 1981, at­tribut­ing its suc­cess to wine-grow­ing, rather than wine­mak­ing. Sur­pris­ingly the her­itage of the win­ery’s Caber­net Sauvi­gnon vines can be traced back to the 1890s, when viti­cul­tur­ist Em­mett Rix­ford ob­tained cut­tings from Château Mar­gaux in Bordeaux.

Stephen Brook Black fruits nose, with dis­creet new oak. Sur­pris­ingly ap­proach­able with a ripe fruit mid-palate. Vi­brant, deft and fruity style.

Alex Hunt MW The palate has just the right ra­tio of gloss to struc­ture; a firm core beau­ti­fully fleshed out by fruit. Im­pec­ca­ble har­mony here.

Ste­fan Neu­mann MS Del­i­cate, earthy aro­mas lead to a com­pact core with ripe fruit. Great po­ten­tial, with great acid to back up the power.

Drink 2020-2030 Al­co­hol 14%

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