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The Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon, enhanced with a hint of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is a unique find in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a place usually known for Pinot. Its roots go back to a 1940s vineyard by Martin Ray, with a lineage tracing to Bordeaux's Chateau Margaux. Recognised for being one of the most age-worthy Cabernets from California, it offers an earthy, spicy aroma with a touch of black fruits. The winemaking process includes natural fermentation in small tanks, a two-year stint in barrels, and bottling without filtering. The result is a wine with a firm structure, flavours of spice, plum, cherry, and black currant, and a complex finish of mushroom, dark fruit, and dry tannins. Robert Parker hails Mount Eden as a standout estate, delivering a wine that's both powerful and elegantly restrained.Read more
97/100 JEB DUNNOCK
"A brilliant, youthful, unevolved wine that will give Ridge's Monte Bello a run for its money, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon reveals a deep ruby/purple hue to go with a wonderful perfume of blackcurrants, blueberries, lead pencil, vanilla bean, exotic flowers, tobacco, and bouquet garni. Needing plenty of air to show at its best, it's medium to full-bodied on the palate and has a concentrated, powerful style, ripe tannins, flawless balance, and a great finish."
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is going to need a number of years to come around. The only question is how many. In 2017, the Mount Eden Cabernet is shockingly opulent. Inky black fruit, bittersweet chocolate, spice, leather and incense are all dialed up in this super-sized Cabernet. Even so, there is plenty of structure lurking beneath. I can't wait to see how this ages."
93/100 WINE SPECTATOR
"This has a zesty set of loganberry, raspberry and sweet bay leaf notes mixed together, along with flashes of violet, mesquite and anise. There's a good tug of warm gravel running underneath and nice energy throughout. Should mellow nicely with cellaring."
92/100 WINE & SPIRITS
"This is a staunch mountain wine that needs a day of air to come out of its shell. It’s all hard edges at first, not so much about fruit, though the fruit is present; not inviting, but it leaves room for you to come inside. As the wine begins to relax, it feels like an old-fashioned cabernet with woodland flavors of mountain fruit and savory wild mushrooms. Powerful in its youthful structure, it needs a decade in the cellar for that structure to evolve."
92/100 WINE ENTHUSIAST
"Balanced aromas of redwood and pine give depth to the asphalt and leather elements on the nose of this bottling. The American oak seems prominent on the dense, leathery palate, where dark and dried fruits play along with sandalwood and mahogany flavours."
17.5/20 JANCIS ROBINSON
"Contains 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot and 1% Malbec. Ages for two years in a combination of French and American oak. Very dark garnet. Smells of rich black-cherry and tobacco-leaf notes. Juicy graphite, black-cherry and cedar notes are wrapped in a muscular fist of tannins. Excellent acidity and lovely balance with cigar-box finish. Excellent."