Why should you care? Mount Eden Vineyards has long been known for producing world-class cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and, especially, chardonnay. In fact, the chardonnay clone that was isolated here, which goes by the same name as the winery, is considered one of the best in the state and has been planted in many of California’s top vineyards. When chardonnay achieves a balance of intense minerality and deep fruit it is one of the world’s most complete and satisfying white wines. Unfortunately, greatness usually comes at a price, and it’s easy to spend upwards of $100 to get a taste of that magic. This wine delivers uncanny mineral character and vivacious fruit for a pittance.
What does it taste like? The 2009 Wolff Vineyard chardonnay is densely packed with flavor but light on its feet, showing superb focus to its powerful, stony citrus and orchard fruit elements. There’s no excess fat here, as is the case with the best chardonnays from Burgundy, and while it provides a lot of pleasure already it’s built to age.
How much does it cost, and where can you find it? $22