2014 Mount Eden "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1384303 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 One of the finest vintages of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a thrill a minute with its fabulous bouquet of crème de cassis, charcoal embers, spice, and subtle vanilla oak aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full body, an incredibly layered, seamless texture, moderate acidity, and present, ripe tannins, it has some upfront charm given its purity of fruit and texture, but deserves 3-4 years of bottle age and is going to keep for two decades. This beauty rivals Ridge’s Monte Bello and is an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in this mountain terroir.  (2/2019)

96 points Decanter

 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. Black fruits nose, with discreet new oak. Surprisingly approachable with a ripe fruit mid-palate. Vibrant, deft and fruity style. The palate has just the right ratio of gloss to structure; a firm core beautifully fleshed out by fruit. Impeccable harmony here. (WK)  (10/2017)

96 points Wine & Spirits

 It’s rare to find a cabernet with such elegance and precision that’s also firmly grounded in the grandeur of the Pacific coast. Jeffrey Patterson grew it on 13 acres of vines he planted in the early 1980s: He propagated the plants from three acres Martin Ray had established on the property in the 1930s, having selected cuttings from La Questa Vineyard, a site Emmett Rixford had planted in the late 19th century, with cuttings he imported from Château Margaux. The third generation of those immigrant vines now prospers on a ridgetop 15 miles from the ocean, where they grow fresh, ripe grapes and sustain a robust community of yeasts to ferment those grapes into this fragrant, bright cherry-scented wine. It’s delicate and brisk, tingling with cool, hunger-inducing juiciness, even as its stature and staying power suggest waiting ten years or more to get the most out of this California original.  (4/2019)

94 points Vinous

 The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is fabulous. Racy and linear in the glass, the 2014 is superb from start to finish. The 2014 is remarkably fresh considering the brutal drought conditions of the year. Bright floral notes, red-toned fruit and fine yet insistent tannins are some of the signatures in this super-expressive Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet. Vivid and chiseled in style, the 2014 will drink well for several decades. I loved it. (AG) 94+  (8/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Black-plum sauce, Chinese five-spice and a hint of black olive linger behind the prominent pine-oil and wood-spice aromas on the nose of this bottling from the acclaimed producer. The palate is also very woody and savory, with oak and pine forest flavors slipping into baked blackberry and dark plum. (MK)  (12/2018)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "The heritage of Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon dates back to the 1890s, when the famed viticulturist Emmett Rixford of Woodside, California, obtained selected cuttings from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France. Rixford planted his famous La Questa Vineyard with these selections, in the same proportions as found at Margaux. In the late 1940s Martin Ray planted his first Cabernet vineyard with cuttings from the La Questa Vineyard. The present-day Estate Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in the early 1980s using cuttings taken from these vines. Yields are low, typically one to two tons per acre. Soils are very thin (1-12 inches), with a dominant base of Franciscan shale. The climate is cool, especially for Cabernet, and influenced by the vineyard’s altitude and its proximity to San Francisco bay and the Pacific Ocean. The vines are trellised in a modern fashion, which allows for a more uniform ripening. The vineyard also contains small blocks of Merlot and Cabernet Franc."

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By: Ari Gorfain | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2019 | Send Email
Looking to add to your cellar? Does your Cabernet Sauvignon section look a bit sparse? The 2014 Mount Eden Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon would be a great choice. Forget about the overpriced usual suspects from Napa Valley; this vibrant mountain-grown Cabernet is the real deal. On par with Ridge's Monte Bello, the Mount Eden opens with an enticing floral and bramble fruit nose wrapped in an understated vanilla blanket. The palate strikes a fine balance between plush cassis and silky, well-integrated tannins. This wine will continue to delight for decades to come.

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2019 | Send Email
Mount Eden’s Bordeaux 2014 blend consists of all-estate fruit grown 2000 ft above the Santa Clara Valley. The vines can be traced back to the 1890s when the cuttings were brought over from Château Margaux in Bordeaux. The nose opens with cedar, cigar box, smoked meats, and eucalyptus oil. A second pass reveals lavender, raspberries, and mocha all seamlessly wrapped together. The 2014 is perfectly balanced with lively acidity, supple tannins and the perfect amount of oak. This is some serious wine, to say the least, worthy of being put away for decades.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2019 | Send Email
If you're into old-school, classically styled, structured California Cab...then look no further. To be honest if wines of that ilk are your thing, then chances are you're already familiar with Mount Eden as they have been putting out benchmark wines in this style for many decades. The 2014 is just starting to warm up its vocal chords and will probably reach a crescendo 10-15 years or so from now and sustain that note for another 5-10 years. Yes they truly age that well. I recently attended a tasting at the request of longtime winemaker and custodian of Mount Eden, Jeffrey Patterson. At the event we tasted 2005 vintage Cabernet-based wines from around the world. Wines included: Heitz Martha's, Ch. Montrose, Ridge Monte Bello, Almaviva and more. Despite being significantly less expensive that all the other wines in the tasting, I thought the Mount Eden Cab was the wine of the lineup. The wines have impeccable pedigree and refinement and deserve a place in everyone's cellar.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5