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1986 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains (in double magnum)
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About Mount Eden Vineyards

Mount Eden Vineyards has been bottling Chardonnay and Pinot Noir about as long as anyone in California. Today, of course, Mount Eden’s Chardonnay is one of California’s finest. The wine is tightly wound, minerally and emphatically Old World in style.

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1986 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Estate Santa Cruz Mountains (in double magnum)

Producer: Mount Eden Vineyards
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July/August 1998

Pale gold color. Extravagant, leesy aromas of smoked nuts, fresh herbs and complex, ripe citric tones. Big, dense and rather muscular on the palate, with somewhat elevated alcohol that carries through to a slightly harsh aftertaste. Not quite as expressive in the mouth as on the nose, but very concentrated. Still developing. This was a cool year with a blast of hot weather at the end, says Patterson.

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