If you were to take a poll of sommeliers in California and ask them which is the most indispensable, classic California Chardonnay in their cellars, this wine will be at the top of the list. Head to a 3-Star Michelin restaurant like Manresa in Los Gatos, and you’ll find a small vertical of Mount Eden Chardonnay. This is a classic that Galloni called “a rich, almost viscous wine endowed with palpable intensity in all of its dimensions. Orange peel, apricot, mint, wild flowers and chamomile…it is the wine's precision and energy that I find most impressive at this stage.”
The 2014 Chardonnay Estate from Mount Eden is terrific, offering up a youthful bouquet of buttered apples, pear, toasted nuts and brioche that reveals more and more nuance as it sits in the glass. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, pure and racy, with a satiny attack, deep core and bright acids. The finish is long and mouthwateringly chalky. This is one of the best recent releases of the Estate Chardonnay, and it comes warmly recommended.